The Importance of Example Sentences in Building your Vocabulary

By | October 10, 2011


Vocabulary Building Tip of the Day: Example sentences are vital in building your vocabulary. Here is why the Overnight Vocabulary Program uses three to four example sentences for every word.

To simply understand the meaning of a word, one or two example sentences are generally sufficient, but we want to be able to use a word – not just know its meaning. One reason people don’t use a new vocabulary word is because they haven’t been exposed to the many circumstances in which it can be used. Numerous and diverse example sentences will expose you to usages of a word that you may have never thought of on your own. Exposing you to each word through many example sentences is also necessary to lodge the word in your active vocabulary. Because new words can feel foreign, most people are hesitant in using them even after they understand their meaning. The repeated use of a word through various example sentences will help remove this hesitancy by making the word sound familiar and natural.

So, be sure to pay attention to how a word is used in every example sentence, even if you already understand the meaning, in order to expand the possible usage opportunities and remove any hesitation to use it.

Hopefully, you find this Vocabulary Tip of the Day useful!

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