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You will often come across a word, or words, that you are unfamiliar with when you are reading. When this happens, what can you do to determine what the word means? The hint is in the sentence in which the word appears.
This is known as the context of the sentence. For example, let’s look at the following sentence.
“He was so discombobulated that he had no clue as to what the answer was.”
The word “discombobulated” may be new to you. What does it mean? Well, look at the sentence to find clues. In this sentence “he had no clue as to what the answer was.” If you have no clue then you don’t know the answer. When you don’t know an answer, how do you feel? Frustrated? Confused? Okay, so now let’s replace the word “discombobulated” with a word on how you felt.
“He was so frustrated that he had no clue as to what the answer was.”
“He was so confused that he had no clue as to what the answer was.”
Now let’s see if one of those replacement words fits better. Does he not know the answer because he is frustrated or because he is confused? To be confused seems to better state why he had no clue. Choosing this word would be correct as the definition for “discombobulated” means to be confused.