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Writing: Precision — Harder example

Writing: Grammar

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- [Presenter] All Molly wanted to do was navigate a direct route to the beach, but her GPS kept losing its signal. - [Instructor] So what we're trying to do here, this is a precision question, we wanna figure out what word choice is the most precise. Is it navigate, convey, voyage, or maneuver? - [Presenter] It's worth adding that we know that this is a precision question simply because a single word has been underlined, and we need to choose whether, in fact, that is the correct word to use in context. Is it the best of the choices that are available? - [Instructor] So convey here, first. So we've got navigate. That's our option A, no change. Convey, what does convey mean? - [Presenter] Convey means to carry or lead from one place to another. - [Instructor] It can also be used metaphorically, like to convey a message. So that's something to keep in the back of our heads. What does voyage mean? Like to journey. So that's another possible option. And then maneuver. - [Presenter] To maneuver is to avoid obstacles, to manually steer something. - [Instructor] All Molly wanted to do was navigate a direct route to the beach, but her GPS kept losing its signal. Now, that GPS is actually gonna be pretty important to us-- - Absolutely. - For the purposes of this sentence. - [Presenter] Absolutely, that gives us the context clue we need to figure out which thing we need here. What does a GPS do? She's trying to get a direct route to the beach. So she's not maneuvering anything. - [Instructor] Right. - [Presenter] She's not conveying anything. She's traveling by trying to navigate a direct route to the beach. - [Instructor] So why is it navigate and not voyage? - [Presenter] Well, in part, because she's using her GPS. - [Instructor] Okay. So we're connecting this context clue to whether or not this word navigate is appropriate because the GPS, the global positioning satellite device is what's allowing her to successfully find her way, which is what navigate means. - [Presenter] That's right. And the big takeaway here is look for context clues in the sentence, in the sentences before and after questions like this to point you in the right direction. - [Instructor] Much like a satellite.