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Context Clue

A Context Clue is information surrounding a new or unusual word or word group that can provide helpful hints on the meaning of the unfamiliar term. For example, consider the following sentence: "Vertebrates, such as horses, cats, and other animals with backbones, are an important part of the ecosystem." If the student is unfamiliar with the term "vertebrate", he or she can find the definition ("animals with backbones") and some examples (horses and cats), all of which are context clues, embedded in the sentence. Context clues can help a reader decode a word being seen for the first time
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