PSSA Vocab. 5

PSSA Vocab. 5

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Correlative Conjunction Words that are used in pairs to connect parallel elements (e.g., not only . . . but also, either . . . or, neither . . . nor, both . . . and OR Not only the windows but also the doors need maintenance before winter)
Counterclaim An argument that is in opposition to the claim/position provided in a piece of argumentative writing. It is a means to provide a balance between the claim/position and its opposing views. This adds credibility to the writing by allowing a broader range
Dangling Modifier A modifier that is not clearly attached to the word or phrase it is supposed to be modifying (e.g., To learn how to drive, the summer was spent behind the wheel at the training course).
Dash A punctuation mark (—) used to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements that require special emphasis; it is also used to indicate a sudden break in a sentence.
Definition The formal statement of the meaning of a word
Delineate To describe or outline with precision
Demonstrate To make evident or prove
Denotation To direct or dictionary meaning of a word
Describe To convey the appearance, nature, and/or attributes of literary or informational text using vivid personal observations. With description, there is a use of sensory details that allows the reader to picture or relive what is being told
Diagram A drawing that shows the appearance, structure, or the workings of something; a schematic representation that explains how something works or shows the relationship between parts of a whole
Dialogue 1. In the widest sense, dialogue is simply conversation between characters or speakers in a literary work, referring specifically to the speech of characters in a drama. 2. The conversation between or among characters in a literary work
Difference Variation or diversity amount qualities or characteristics
Distinction A difference it discrimination made between two or more, individuals, ideas, or events
Distinguish To mark off as different; To recognize the prominent features of

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