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How can I create sentences with context clues?I need to write a sentence with a context...

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bluesongbird | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 2, 2012 at 2:06 AM via web

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How can I create sentences with context clues?

I need to write a sentence with a context clue for each of the words on the following list:

1) Abject 2) Admonition 3) Beset 4) Cajole 5) Capricious 6) Denigrating 7) Discursive

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dkaye | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM (Answer #1)

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This is really one main question, and I have a feeling you're hoping the teachers here to do your homework for you. While I won't give you finished answers for each one, I can help you answer your main question, "How can I create sentences with context clues", by helping you understand more about context clues, showing you how to apply that to your work, and giving you an example of a finished sentence with context clues built around one of your words.

"Context clues" are pieces of information in a sentence that help you make an educated guess about an unfamililar word. For example:

After she punched me in the face, I felt so shnoogley that I cried.

Obviously, "shnoogley" isn't a real word--but you can guess some things about it from the context. You can be sure "shnoogley" is something bad--the way you'd feel after being punched in the face.  Cover up that word and make your own guess about what word could fit.  Some words that make sense as a substitute for "shnoogley" are "sad", "hurt", "upset"--so you can imagine that "shnoogley" means something similar to those words.

Your assignment is basically to do that in reverse. First, make sure you know the meaning of each word. There are lots of dictionarires that you can use to check.  For example, Merriam-Webster defines #4, "cajole", as "to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance".

Can you think of a scenario where one person would "cajole" another?  Here's one: if you want your sister to drive you to the movies, you might "cajole" her by trying to persuade her with flattery.  Now turn that scenario into a sentence: "I cajoled my sister into driving me to the movies by telling her she was a great driver and all of our friends were going."

That sentence has context clues--readers can see you want something from your sister, and you're being nice to her.  In other words, you're "persuading with flattery or gentle urging"--cajoling.

You can use the same system with the other words.  1. Look up the definition, 2. Think of a situation where you can use it 3. Turn that situation into a sentence 4. Check that the meaning of the word is clear from the sentence.

Good luck!

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