This competency includes about 18 multiple-choice questions which make up about 23% of the entire exam.
This section tests your knowledge of the effective use of the English language.
Let’s talk about some concepts that you will more than likely see on the test.
Connotation and Denotation of Key Words
Connotation is the feeling a word implies or creates. Denotation is the dictionary definition of a word. See the examples below:
- Chick – We all know that a chick is a baby bird. But these days, it is considered to be a derogatory term for women. While it’s still a term associated with females, in no way does it uphold the characteristics of a respected lady.
- Rock – If you take it literally, then it could generally mean a stone composed of some type of minerals. But apart from that, a rock could also refer to an individual who offers you security and stability.
Structure and Meaning of Words
Prefixes and suffixes can be added to a base or root word to change the meaning. Prefixes are added to the beginning of a base word, and suffixes are added to the end.
Here is a word with a prefix and a suffix added to the root word:
non + conform + ist
not go along one who does something
A nonconformist is someone who does not go along with others.
Figurative language makes writing more interesting. Figurative language, such as idioms, metaphors, similes, hyperboles, and personification, help authors create impact and meaning in their writing by going beyond the literal meaning of words on a page.
Here are some examples of figurative language:
And that’s some basic info about English Language.