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What Are The Parts Of The Dictionary?

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Depending on what type of dictionary you have, there may be many different parts. Most dictionaries will begin with a foreword followed by a guide to using the dictionary which includes information about how to find the desired word. The guide will explain any abbreviations or symbols used in the dictionary which may be unfamiliar to anyone who has not used that particular dictionary before.

The main body of the dictionary will compromise all the words that the particular dictionary specializes in. The words are always listed alphabetically and the alphabet may be printed at the top of each page to help you find the word you are looking for.

The word is usually presented with a guide on how to pronounce it, how the word is classified such as a noun or a verb, a brief explanation of what the word means and sometimes an example of the word being used in a sentence. It may be a full English language dictionary in which case it should contain every single word, with the possible exception of slang, in the English language. It is possible to get a dictionary for slang, or an 'Urban Dictionary,' which can be useful for people who are unfamiliar with slang or for people learning to speak English.

After the main body of the dictionary there will be extra sections that can help understand the language further. It may contain a section for 'Punctuation Marks and Symbols', 'A Guide to Punctuation and Use of Capitals', 'Plurals of Nouns', 'A Guide to Letter writing and forms of Address', 'Group Names and Collective Nouns', 'A Table of Alphabets', 'Geological Time Chart', 'Metric Units', 'Metric Conversion Tables', 'Temperature Conversion Tables', 'Mathematical Symbols', 'Chemical Elements', ' Countries, their related nouns, adjectives, capitals and currencies', 'World Standard Times', 'Distances by Air'. There may also be a 'Pronunciation Key'.
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Guide words, Entry words, Pronunciation, Syllabication, Stress Marks, Parts of Speech, Word origin, Word forms.
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