Make use of the help provided by the dictionary.
A good dictionary is designed to help you find the words you need quickly and easily. We have already told you that the pages of a dictionary are usually split into two columns and that the words explained are printed in bold print so they stand out.
At the very top of a page of the dictionary, above the columns, you will see two words printed in bold print. The word on the left-hand side is the same as the very first word explained on that page (the first word printed in bold print).
The word on the right-hand side is the same as the very last word explained on that page (the last word printed in bold print.) We call these words guide words and they are very useful.
Note that in small pocket-size dictionaries, there is very often only one guide word printed at the very top of each page. The guide word on the left page is usually printed on the left-hand side and shows you the very first word explained on that page. The guide word on the right page is usually printed on the right-hand side and shows you the very last word printed on that page.
As we have explained, the guide words show you the first and last words on a page. All the words on that page fall alphabetically between those guide words.
On a page in a dictionary the guide words might be pad and paint.
So just by looking at the guide words, you would know that all the words on that page of the dictionary fall alphabetically between pad and paint.
When you are looking for a certain word, you can look first for the page which has guide words at its top which fall alphabetically before and after the word you are seeking. Once you have done that, you can then look down the columns of bold words until you find the one you are looking for.
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