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11/28/2018


While a thesaurus can be an incredibly useful learning tool, it won't be of much use to you if you don't know how to employ it correctly. For tips on the matter, continue reading.

How to Use a Thesaurus Correctly

  1. First and foremost, you need to be aware of when you should use your thesaurus. Generally, if you find yourself stuck on using one word over and over, or if you can't seem to think of the exact word you want to express your idea accurately, you can crack open your thesaurus for help.
  2. Now, you need to understand how to search in your thesaurus. In most cases, it's likely that your thesaurus will be in alphabetical order, and you can search in it like you would in a dictionary. However, they can also be in Roget-type or other. Learn the type of thesaurus you have so you can search in it effectively.
  3. Before you begin searching for a synonym for every word you use, you need to understand how the new word you employ will change the context of the message you're trying to convey. Not all synonyms are an exact match, so consider this before replacing the words.
  4. And finally, while we're on the subject of understanding context, be sure to use your thesaurus with care. Once again, if you change every word in your speech or text, you'll likely end up with a confusing message, so avoid overusing it.

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