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Part V. Building a Strong Vocabulary > Chapter 22. 50 Words Made Easy - Pg. 51

51 Chapter 22. 50 Words Made Easy This chapter highlights fifty important words that you should recognize when you see them or hear them. Study these words carefully and work through the exercises. Soon you will be using all fifty words easily. These words appear often in business communications, in newspapers, on television and in movies. However, we chose them because they often appear in spelling and vocabulary lists for the GED (high school equivalency exam) and other standardized tests for vocabulary knowledge and job placement. Fifty words is an important beginning. From these exercises you will learn how to build your word power, then you can apply these skills to other words you wish to master. We have divided the fifty words into five sections of ten words each. Each new word is presented in a form used by most dictionaries. First you will find the alphabetized entry word, its pronunciation, the part of speech, and a simple etymology (history). Next you will find the definition(s) of the word, along with sentences in which each definition is used correctly. Finally, synonyms and antonyms are listed, where relevant. Fol- lowing each section you will find a set of exercises to help you practice your new words. To speed your improvement, work through the first section, then use as many of the new words as you can at work or at school for the next few days. Write the more difficult words on a piece of paper with their definitions, put them in your purse or pocket, and glance at them from time to time. Read the newspaper or a magazine and use a yellow highlighter pen to mark these new words as you find them. It is important to use your new vocabulary at every opportunity. When you have mastered the words in the first section, go on to the second section. Be playful. Buy a box of small silver stars and place them next to the words you already know, or have recently learned. (Of course you will not want to do this on your business letters and memos.)