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Chapter 3: Which Word Is Right?

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    • 3.1: Commonly Confused Words
      Experienced writers know that deliberate, careful word selection and usage can lead to more polished, more meaningful work. This chapter covers word choice and vocabulary-building strategies that will improve your writing.
    • 3.2: Spelling
      One essential aspect of good writing is accurate spelling. Computer spell checkers are useful editing tools, but they can never replace human knowledge of spelling rules, homonyms, and commonly misspelled words.
    • 3.3: Word Choice
      Effective writing involves making conscious choices with words. When it is time to write your first draft, start to consider which words to use to best convey your ideas to the reader.
    • 3.4: Prefixes and Suffixes
      Mastering common prefixes and suffixes is like learning a code. Once you crack the code, you can not only spell words more correctly but also recognize and perhaps even define unfamiliar words.
    • 3.5: Synonyms and Antonyms
      As you work with your draft, you will want to pay particular attention to the words you have chosen. Do they express exactly what you are trying to convey? Can you choose better, more effective words? Familiarity with synonyms and antonyms can be helpful in answering these questions.
    • 3.6: Using Context Clues
      Context clues are bits of information within a text that will assist you in deciphering the meaning of unknown words. By becoming more aware of particular words and phrases surrounding a difficult word, you can make logical guesses about its meaning.
    • 3.7: Working with Words- End-of-Chapter Exercises

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