Grouping Vocabulary Words to Learn Them in Context

When studying words, it is important to learn them in a context, rather than individually. Grouping vocabulary words is a good strategy for this. Try to Grouping vocabularytake a group of words that all have a similar meaning or tone and study them together. If you study a group of words that all mean “good,” and a group of words that all mean “bad,” you can learn more words and understand a great deal of synonyms and antonyms, which is crucial for all aspects of the verbal section.

Here is a sample of 3 sets of words (words and their antonyms) to learn in these categories:

Good Bad Happy Sad Nice Mean/Angry
commendable detestable jubilant melancholy amiable profane
benign immoral ecstatic grave congenial belligerent
reputable deficient convivial morose altruistic choleric
immaculate debilitating gleeful despairing benevolent pugnacious
meticulous mar mirthful despondent gregarious volatile
pious irreverent felicity disconsolate affable livid
cordial abominable exuberant pessimistic amicable contemptuous
ingratiating repugnant exultant lugubrious auspicious rancorous
decorous deleterious elated dejected obliging hostile

Please note that the suggested words listed above are on the more difficult end. If you have a younger child, it may be best to put the word “good” into and see which words you don’t know, and talk to a parent or tutor to see which of these words are best for you to learn. No matter what grade level, it is better to learn words in a group or some context, rather than individually.

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