Finding concrete specifics doesn't require a big vocabulary or a vivid imagination, just the willingness to recall what you already know. Do you have positive or negative feelings toward furniture? The 1000+ keywords can be found in all disciplines and are essential for academic success. Recent research by Billuroğlu and Neufeld 2005 confirmed that the General Service List was in need of minor revision, but the headwords in the list still provide approximately 80% text coverage in written English. Many readers will find it both vague and boring. You don't need a fancy vocabulary to come up with bent spoon or limping dog or Mary told Margaret she hates me.
You can check out this principle in the textbooks you read and the lectures you listen to. If you really can't find any examples or specifics to support your general conclusion, chances are you don't really know what you're talking about and we are all guilty of that more than we care to admit. If you were a politician, you might prefer abstract terms to concrete terms. The words were selected to represent the most frequent words of English and were taken from a of written English. It's not about imagination, either. If you find yourself bored or confused, chances are you're getting generalizations and abstractions.
Pigs wandered down the road in idle joy, and the dogs fought on cue outside the small shop. Success means different things to each of us, and you can't be sure of what I mean by that abstract term. In the original publication the relative frequencies of various senses of the words were also included. Their meanings are clear and they bring images with them we more easily recall things that are linked with a sense impression, which is why it's easier to remember learning how to ride a bike or swim than it is to remember learning about the causes of the Civil War. Your next step will be to practice. If you ask me what I mean by the word spoon, I can pick up a spoon and show it to you. Vocabulary size, text coverage and word lists.
You've heard and used that word since you were three or four years old. It is used here with his permission. Does this mean we shouldn't use abstract terms? To maximize the utility of the list, some frequent words that overlapped broadly in meaning with words already on the list were omitted. It can be a lime green velvet La-Z-Boy rocker recliner with a cigarette burn on the left arm and a crushed jelly doughnut pressed into the back edge of the seat cushion. Word families, International Journal of Lexicography 6, 3 1993 1-27. Warner promises to pay you extra for raking her lawn after cutting it, but when you're finished she says it should be part of the original price, and she won't give you the promised money.
Your boss promises you a promotion, then gives it instead to his boss's nephew. Concrete and Abstract Words Concrete words are words that are tangible. Thus, it is a must to know the basic categories that words may fall under in order for us to know how to use them properly. It is the definition that one could get from dictionaries. It can be a green velvet La-Z-Boy rocker recliner. Specific Words are words that, through the use of modifiers, name a specific idea, thing, person and the likes.
It could most likely help us choose which words are appropriate to use with them singular, plural, pronoun usage, among others. But the hurts teach the lesson, not the general terms. Both sentences are still correct yet would have different meanings. The vocabulary on this part of the site is for high school and college students who are learning via English as their second or additional language. From the beginning, we sense hot, cold, soft, rough, loud.
But we must understand how imprecise their meanings are, how easily they can be differently understood, and how tiring and boring long chains of abstract terms can be. Take love as an example. After Mary tells you that you're her best friend, you hear her tell Margaret that she really hates you. The meaning of freedom won't stay still. If I ask you to form an image of furniture, it won't be easy to do.
Go ahead and use abstract and general terms in your thesis statement and your topic sentences. I can measure sand and oxygen by weight and volume, but I can't collect a pound of responsibility or a liter of moral outrage. A Final Note Pointing Elsewhere Sometimes students think that this discussion of types of language is about vocabulary, but it's not. Because these terms refer to objects or events we can see or hear or feel or taste or smell, their meanings are pretty stable. If you describe something in general terms, you describe it without giving details.
The women shifting babies saddled on their backs in rebozos sat in groups by the mission walls, wordless for hours, drinking the weekly Coke, watching as the faithful went to attend mass, young men shot hoops, and the older men hovered around benches at the back of the plaza, waiting for the weekly outdoor meeting of the community cooperative. We use it to understand our world through listening and reading, and to communicate our own feelings, needs and desires through speaking and writing. Look back at the other examples I gave you, and you'll see the same sorts of problems. New visitors to this site are recommended to first read the information pages linked to below. The Bare Necessities in Lexis: a new perspective on vocabulary profiling. General practice is also a noun.