Quarter and Guide Word - Finding Word in Dictionary | Link English Class 11

Grammar Reference

Quarter and Guide Word

Easy Way to Find a Word in the Dictionary:
Generally, a dictionary is divided into 4 quarter (1/2 or 25% of the pages)

(a) First quarter: It contains the words begin with the letters A – D.
(b) Second quarter: it contains the words begin with the letters E – L.
(c) Third quarter: It contains the words begin with the letters M – R.
(d) Fourth quarter: It contains the cords begin with the letters S – Z.

Examples:

1. In which quarter of the dictionary will you find the following words?

(i) journey …………………….2nd
(ii) fence………………………..2nd
(iii) picture………………………3rd
(iv) until…………………………4th
(v) benefit……………………… 1st
(vi) include……………………….2nd
(vii) kitchen……………………….2nd
(viii) where…………………………4th
(ix) yellow……………………….. 4th
(x) towards ………………………4th

2. In which quarter of the dictionary will you find the following words
(i) earn (ii) society (iii) menthol (iv) fool

Answers: (i) 2nd (ii) 4th (iii) 3rd (iv) 2nd

Exercises:

1. In which quarter of the dictionary will you find the following words?
(i) justice (ii) profession (iii) beautiful (iv) kitchen (v) weather

2. In which quarter of the dictionary will you find the following words?
(i) fast (ii) monkey (iii) x-ray (iv) ant

3. In which quarter of the dictionary you find the following words:
i) irony ii) negotiation iii) badger iv) trip

Guide Word.

When you look at the top of the dictionary, you will find two-bolded word on the both end. They are called guide words. The first one is the first word of the page and the other is the last word of that page.

Example
(Advanced learner Dictionary 7th edition)

The pages given above shows that ‘mole’ is the first word of those two pages and ‘monkeyed’ is the last word of those two pages. You can find all the word that fall between them.

For example: mole, molecule ………… mom, moment, Monday monkey….……etc

Example:

1. Choose the guide words for each head word.

civil ——- guard/ guidance | enlighten/ensconce
guild ——-chief/circular | desert/ desk
desire —– dermatitis/ desert | citizen/cite.

Answers:
civil = citizen/ civilized.
guild = guide/gull
desire = desert/ desk

Exercise:

1. Choose the guide words for each head word.
rebel ——- canal/canopy | manufacturer/migraine
carpet ——– caricature/ cart | Occasion/ odd
march ———– ecology/ edit | readiness/ reality
education ———edition/effort | readiness/reality
realistic ———–hateful/head | three/ though

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