When you learn how to use a dictionary you increase your ability to find the information that is needed for classwork, and everyday living.
A good dictionary can help you do the following:
- look up the meaning of an English word
- check the spelling of a word
- check the plural of a nun or tense of a verb
- find out other grammatical information about a word
- find the synonym or antonym of a word
- check the part of speech of a word
- find out how to pronounce a word
- find out examples of the use of a word in natural language.
You must practice using the dictionary. Finding words in a dictionary is easy. If you want to find a word, think whether you would find the word in the front, middle, or back.
Look at the dictionary and see it divided into three parts: the front, the middle, and the back.
- Front – Words starting with A, B, C, D, and E
- Middle – Words with F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, and P
- Back – Words starting with Q, R, S, T, U, V , W, X, Y and Z.