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Introduction Pretest SECTION 1: TOOLS FOR BUILDING WORD POWER Lesson 1: Why Work on Your Vocabulary? • Five important reasons to improve your vocabulary • Sample questions to measure your strengths and weaknesses • Set goals for increasing your word power Lesson 2: Tools and Techniques for Learning New Words • Useful resources for vocabulary building • Which dictionary should you use? • Why you should keep a personal word book • Beware the dangerous thesaurus! Lesson 3: Use a Word’s Context to Figure Out Its Meaning • How to figure out a word’s meaning without a dictionary • New words: Use them or lose them! Lesson 4: Create Meaning from Connotations • Learn how a single word can have many meanings • Mean what you say Lesson 5: Understanding Word Parts • Learn how to take words apart to figure out their meanings • Common prefixes and suffixes to build your word power 1 5 13 15 21 27 35 43 iv contents Lesson 6: Take Words Down to Their Roots • Learn common word roots that will increase your vocabulary • How ancient Latin and Greek words influence modern English words Lesson 7: Mnemonics: Codes to Help You Spell Words • Memory aids to help you spell better • Tricks for remembering difficult ideas Lesson 8: Synonyms and Antonyms: Similars and Opposites • How to find the single right word among the many that might do • Knowing how the opposite word can help you Lesson 9: Which Is the Right Word? • Clearing up the confusion between similar-sounding words • Memorize these tricky word pairs and never misuse them again S E C T I O N 2 : U S E D I F F E R E N T PA R T S O F S P E E C H TO INCREASE WORD POWER Lesson 10: Discover New Nouns • Acquire new nouns that create word power • Why it’s useful to know more than one word for every idea Lesson 11: Pick the Best Adjectives • Learn how adjectives are like the salsa on chips • Five ways in which adjectives

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