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Chapter 31. Spelling > Dictionary Uses

Dictionary Uses

The constant study of spelling and the exact meaning of words is an important aspect of every administrative assistant's career. Always keep a dictionary close at hand. Besides providing spelling and definitions, this invaluable aid also sets out such information as the following:

  • Syllabication (useful when you want to split a word at the end of a typewritten line)

  • Variant spellings, with the preferred spelling listed first

  • Pronunciations, with the preferred form shown first

  • Capitalization

  • Hyphenation

  • Italicization

  • Part of speech

  • Plural of nouns

  • Cases of pronouns

  • Verb tenses

  • Comparative and superlative forms of irregular adverbs and adjectives

  • Derivations of the word

  • Synonyms and antonyms

  • Status label (if a word is colloquial, obsolete, etc.)


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