Connotation and Denotation Practice Exercises (page 2)

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Updated on Sep 20, 2011


Practice Exercise 2

  1. After Hurricane Katrina, the city ran out of first aid supplies.
  2. In the tragic wake of Hurricane Katrina, the city's first aid supplies were found to be inadequate and drastically lacking.

    Denotation: Factual report of lack of supplies.

    New Connotation: Sentence blames the city for running out of supplies by using emotional words like tragic, inadequate, and drastically.

  3. The reviews of the movie The Wizard of Oz varied, but the audiences liked the movie.
  4. The movie reviewers were ambiguous in their comments about The Wizard of Oz, but the audiences loved the movie unanimously.

    Denotation: Interesting but unexplained report that reviews of movie varied.

    New Connotation: Sentence explains how popular movie was with audiences even though reviewers weren't clear about what they thought.

  5. Speaking after a coughing fit is hard.
  6. Speaking coherently after a coughing fit is often more than a cold sufferer can manage.

    Denotation: Sentence states a fact, but that's all. No new information is provided.

    New Connotation: Sentence communicates what it is like to have a bad cold and cough.

  7. Cutting school can affect your future.
  8. The consequences of cutting school repeatedly can have negative repercussions throughout your life.

    Denotation: Sentence makes an unclear statement what the effect of cutting school will be.

    New Connotation: Sentence is somewhat clearer by saying effect is negative for a long time.

  9. The newspaper reporter was accused of favoring one candidate over the other.
  10. The newspaper reporter was said to be guilty of distorting the facts in order to damage one candidate's reputation.

    Denotation: Sentence is vague and doesn't explain how the reporter favored the candidate.

    New Connotation: Sentence more clearly says what the reporter did that was wrong and why he did it.

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