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    Default Which expressions and why?

    When setting an exercise for students that focuses on words and their meaning in a text or dialogue , which of the following would you use and for what purpose?

    figure out the meaning

    guess the meaning

    compute the meaning

    infer the meaning

    deduce the meaning

    (the text) suggests a meaning

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    Default Re: Which expressions and why?

    Love your question. Ask them all. It would make an exam more exciting. The problem is: how would you grade ...

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    our teacher used to say "figure out the meaning of the word " i think it's the most appropriate one

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanan_eg
    our teacher used to say "figure out the meaning of the word " i think it's the most appropriate one
    Yes, I like that one.

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    /M56/ Do you think that "guess the meaning" is suitable and specific enough for an exam?
    It depends on the type of an exam, ...doesn't it?
    It would be fairly suitable than these options as compute the meaning or deduce the meaning. ..no?

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    i think guess the meaning will show how imaginative the students are .. they will try to think of all the possible meanings ..
    Last edited by hanan_eg; 25-Sep-2005 at 10:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roro
    It depends on the type of an exam, ...doesn't it?
    It would be fairly suitable than these options as compute the meaning or deduce the meaning. ..no?
    I like your humor, Roro. Better to guess than to leave it blank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roro
    Love your question. Ask them all. It would make an exam more exciting. The problem is: how would you grade ...
    Do you think that "guess the meaning" is suitable and specific enough for an exam?

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    I find myself,here,in a respectful disagreement to and with everything and everybody.The meaning(semantics) of words is not far-fetched--it can either be denotative(ordinary/dictionary) or connotative(contexual/figurative/derived etc)Therefore,it suffices to say that the denotative meaning of a word can simply,if not only,be DETERMINED since the meaning is almost steriotyped.However,the meaning of words that are connotatively used can be... inferred;deduced;figured out etc,particularly because some of such words could be polysemous(giving room for variant and divergent but accurate interpretations)

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