What are semantic cues?

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Semantic cues are hints based on meaning that help readers decode and comprehend a text.


Good readers associate meaning with a sequence of symbols (such as a word).


Here are some examples of semantic cues, where the meanings of certain words depend on the other words that surround them:


Mary had a little lamb.

Mary had a little lamb, mint sauce, and gravy.

Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow.

Can you run the store?

Can you run in the election?

Can you run in the race?

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