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If/Then

Cause and effect is often associated with if/then or when/then statements. The then is sometimes omitted, but it is still understood.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

Use context clues to interpret the italicized word in each of the following sentences. Write a definition in the blank space provided.

1:If you practice keyboarding every day, (then) you will become more proficient at data entry.

proficient: _______________

A1: Practicing a skill or activity usually helps someone improve that skill. To become more proficient, then, means to become more skilled or better able.
2:If you do not write more clearly, (then) your ideas will need further clarification.

clarification: _______________

A2: When ideas are not expressed in a way that is understandable, they need more explanation. Clarification is making something more clear or understandable.
3:When you remit payment, (then) the collection agency will stop sending you the overdue notices.

remit: _______________

A3: A collection agency sends letters and overdue notices when a bill has not been paid. The agency stops sending the notices when the payment is sent. To remit means to send and usually refers to sending payment.



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