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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
For this quiz, you will be using the Merriam-Webster online dictionary. Open www.m-w.com in a separate tab on your browser or on a different device (phone/tablet).
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the word "party" is both a noun and an intransitive verb.

"Party" can refer to one person or a group of people.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary (m-w.com), the word "awry" is pronounced as:

According to dictionary.com, a possible synonym for "awry" is "wrong".

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary (m-w.com), what kind of verb is the verb "conduct"?

Imagine you hear something that sounds like "a meeba". Look this up on www.m-w.com. What is the correct spelling of the word you are looking for?

Without using a dictionary, try to guess the meaning of the word "grasp" below:
Albert Einstein had an incredible grasp of physics.

Without using a dictionary, try to guess the meaning of the word perplexed below:
Steve wasn't good at math. He spent hours studying, but he was still perplexed by algebra.

Without using a dictionary, try to guess the meaning of the word "pummeled" below:
The kids pushed Freddy to the ground and pummeled him. When they were done with him, he had a black eye and his face was bleeding.


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155 Comments on “When and how to use a dictionary – and when NOT to use a dictionary!”


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I got 78 😕 Adam, i m feeling glad to comment here first. I have one question irrelevant to that topic which is ” What will be the correct grammatical sentence if someone memorizes us about something and we wanted to thank him for that?

Saturday, September 24th 2016

    It could be simply said that “thank you for your reminding me of that thing” or ” thank you for your bearing it in your mind”.

    Monday, September 26th 2016

      Do you look for a word in a dictionary or do you look up a word in a dictionary? Which question is the correct one?

      The reason why I asked this question is because I noticed -at the beginning of the video- that you used on several occasions the phrase “…look for a word…” when you meant to look it up in a dictionary?

      Please correct me if I am wrong Adam.

      Thanks in advance for your feedback.

      Monday, October 3rd 2016

        Hi Regino,

        Generally, they are synonymous. On a more technical level, you look for a word in terms of finding its entry in the dictionary. You look up a word for meaning. Not sure what something means? Look it up. Need t learn about this word? Look for it in the dictionary and see what the dictionary says about it.

        Does this help?

        Wednesday, October 12th 2016

          offcourse

          Saturday, November 26th 2016

    Hello Anny .
    Maybe you can say ” Thank you for reminding me ” or ” for making me remember” .
    See what Adam will say .
    Bye

    Tuesday, September 27th 2016

    Hi Anny,

    Kami88 and Tsamp got it right: thanks for reminding me.
    To memorize is to remember something completely so as to restate it again later (e.g., memorize a speech so you don’t need to read it out)

    Hope this helps.

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

I have the honor to be the first one and thank you for this excellent lesson.

Saturday, September 24th 2016

Sorry, I am the second now…

Saturday, September 24th 2016

    It’s all good Beemaard :)

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Adam can i say like this : “Thank you for memorizing about that .Is this correct?

Saturday, September 24th 2016

    Hi, Anny. I think you should say ” thank you for remembering me about that”. But, I’m not sure.

    Sunday, September 25th 2016

      Hi Thiago,

      Remember = call to one’s mind.

      Remind = call to someone’s mind

      Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Hello Adam, that was a very useful lesson thank you so much. I really like to read in English and I normally skip all words but from now on I’ll try to look up the difficult ones I have Oxford dictionary. Thank you again and I hope you could recommend some good books for intermediate and upper intermediate books English learners.

Saturday, September 24th 2016

    Hi Jude,

    There are many great books, but I always recommend reading things that are interesting to you. What types of books do you enjoy reading?

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

      Hi Adam, thank you for replying to me. I like to read about history, and sometimes mystery novels as well. I find a lot of history books but most of them are too advanced.

      Wednesday, October 12th 2016

        Hi Jude,

        Have you read The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown? It is history and mystery in one (and there’s a movie too).

        Tuesday, October 25th 2016

          This is so cool book Jude…read it…so nice and the movie..well I didn’t like LOL…

          Tuesday, November 1st 2016

hi Adam . thanks a lot for the websters they help me alot and thank you for the intresting lesson
good luck :)

Saturday, September 24th 2016

thanks Adams, your lessons are more and more interesting and exciting!
have a good weekend!

Saturday, September 24th 2016

You have so fun to how to taught the student great stuff as well as great professor please keep up.

Saturday, September 24th 2016

Do you have a video about phonetic?

Saturday, September 24th 2016

‘Culture & tips’ videos are very interesting. Congratulations Adams!

Saturday, September 24th 2016

Is this dictionary available in our country’s bookstores?

Saturday, September 24th 2016

    I don’t know, Stanos. You’ll have to go look. If not, you can buy it from Amazon r use the online version.

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

“You got 9 correct out of 9.” Thanks, Adan!

Saturday, September 24th 2016

Just great…..my congratulations to you!

Saturday, September 24th 2016

really great

Saturday, September 24th 2016

Thanks, Adam ! And now time for me to blow dust from my old Oxford Vacabulary. It’ very intresting aproache. Thank you!

Saturday, September 24th 2016

thanks Adam it was very useful with your explantations and the online Dictionnary

Saturday, September 24th 2016

Hi Adam. I really really like merriam Webster but it’s pronunciation isn’t available offline

Saturday, September 24th 2016

Thanks Adam!!!!

Saturday, September 24th 2016

Useful lesson, I like it. Thank you Teacher.

Saturday, September 24th 2016

Thanks Adam. Grt help.

Saturday, September 24th 2016

your explanation is very clear,I thank you for this

Sunday, September 25th 2016

9/9 thanks

Sunday, September 25th 2016

Hello Adam , hello everybody
Thank you Adam , we are on the same wavelength .
Personaly I try to read aloud using the good pronounciation even before trying to understand each word ( that is why phonetic is important , above all with a papier dictionary because no sound get out of it ) . A book is long enough to let the author repeat words that I couldn’t get correctly but finaly I can understand because of repetitions and context and , at the end , the complete text make sense . It is clear that some vocabulary is required so it is not necessary to start with difficult books . However a pause can be made when to much new words are added to the list of what has to be defined . My advice is , as much as possible , never translate in your own langage . My second advice is : start learning at young age . Things get into your brain better when you are young rather than 50 years old .

Bye everybody
See you

Sunday, September 25th 2016

    Yep! We’re on the same page.

    As to learning, children learn faster because they’re learning with both brain hemispheres. Speaking for myself, I’m too old for that.

    Ciao!

    Monday, October 3rd 2016

      Never too old to try Regino ;)

      Wednesday, October 12th 2016

    Thanks Tsamp. Good tips ;)

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Thank you Adam.

Sunday, September 25th 2016

Great Thanks

Sunday, September 25th 2016

Thanks Adam!! Nice lesson!!
I don´t know if it was just me or the merrian-webster’s webpage runs a bit slowly. I prefer the wordreference.com translator. It´s just a matter of taste ;)

Sunday, September 25th 2016

    Hi Knopfler,

    The M-W uses flash, which slows it down. You can try shutting it off.

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Very useful lesson
Thank you very much.

Sunday, September 25th 2016

I got 89 :) thank you Adam it was very useful.

Sunday, September 25th 2016

Adam,
Great lesson. Excellent quiz.
Thank you very much.

Sunday, September 25th 2016

Hi everyone! A great online dictionary I use a lot is this: http://www.macmillandictionary.com
It has all the features Adam mentioned on the lesson.
And Adam, thanks for the good advice you gave us!

Sunday, September 25th 2016

Many many thanks for you Adam , and you guys there is ” Merriam Webster app ” available in google play and it is truly amazing , i started using it about 3 months ago and yeah i started getting better since then ;p

Sunday, September 25th 2016

Thank you Adam, very useful lesson.

Sunday, September 25th 2016

Excellent class. I enjoyed

Sunday, September 25th 2016

Thank you Adam.

Sunday, September 25th 2016

thank for your teaching

Sunday, September 25th 2016

The first English book I read was “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien, I know you may think I’m crazy but the fact is that I had read several times the Italian translation before, that’s why I found it relatively easy.
To tell the truth I found it almost….magical!

Monday, September 26th 2016

that feeling when even I had to translate the word “Skip”, because Adam uses it like a “common”…

Monday, September 26th 2016

    :)

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

78, I hope to increase my skills !!!

Monday, September 26th 2016

    Hi, how long do you lern English?

    Sunday, October 23rd 2016

thx adam

Monday, September 26th 2016

I’m new member, can any one help me how should i began? or from where i have to start?

Monday, September 26th 2016

    Hi ziveh1!

    Firstly, be welcome to the Engvid community! Well, besides seeing the video lessons, you can leave comments, reply other people’s comments and interact with the other students.

    Good luck!

    Thursday, September 29th 2016

    Welcome Ziveh1. Just look around and join the conversation.
    :)

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Nice TIPS Adam!!! Thank you!!!!

Monday, September 26th 2016

Hi Adam

Thanks for giving us this explanation about when and how to use a dictionary. This lesson was very interesting.

Monday, September 26th 2016

Thanks Adam. It was very interesting lesson

Monday, September 26th 2016

Thank you Adam ,that’s good for us!

Monday, September 26th 2016

I want to leave a spĂŠcial Thank you to Engvid builders .
You have given to all the Ipad’s users the possibility to answer a comment .
I have just tried it and it works .
Thank you again

Tuesday, September 27th 2016

    De rien! We’re glad it’s working for you!

    Wednesday, September 28th 2016

Guys, one question. What means fall quarter, spring quarter and summer special season

Wednesday, September 28th 2016

    Hello! I think quarter means in this case one fourth of an year (three months)

    Wednesday, September 28th 2016

    Hi Leonam,

    It depends on the context, but if it’s about academic schedules, it’s the different sessions/semesters of studies (Fall- September to December, etc.). Summer is usually shorter and more intensive, so special.

    Hope this helps.

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

I like to read in English, even if I am not a good speaker. And this is my method: when I am not sure about the sense of an word I write the entire sentence in a notebook and I check it in the dictionary later. In this way I don’t interrupt my reading and and also I learn to write. This works for me.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016

    Good tip, Arma. Thanks :)

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Thank you Adam, Good luck.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016

Thanks Adam.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016

“So” at the end of the sentence

Thursday, September 29th 2016

    Not sure what you mean, Joseph. What is the question?

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Howdy Adam!

That is an awesome lesson! You have taught us how to use the dictionary in a very effective way. I agree absolutely with you. I love reading, and I always try to use your tips. If we interrupt our reading all the time to look up a new word in a dictionary, it will become very tiring and tedious.

On the other hand, dictionary is a good tool to improve our vocabulary, no wonder. I have learned a lot of words in it, even when I was looking for other words, just because they were near or in the definition.

Thank you very much, and see you in the next lesson!

Thursday, September 29th 2016

Thank you for your positive lessons!!!))

Thursday, September 29th 2016

I got 10/10 thanks teacher adam!

Thursday, September 29th 2016

i got 89. i lost in one question due to my carelessness. What a shame. Thanks Adam.

Friday, September 30th 2016

    No worries, Chocho. It’ll be 100 next time ;)

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Hello Adam , It is very interest context , Thank you so much to view that concept.

Friday, September 30th 2016

Thanks a lot adam. I am a new member. Also, i am a collaÄŁe student for english education. I want to be able to speak in englih and i want to know all about this langguage. I love english so much. Your lesson is very useful for me.

Friday, September 30th 2016

    Welcome Monica :)

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

very usefull thanks!!

Friday, September 30th 2016

so sad

Saturday, October 1st 2016

    Don’t be sad, iTaeRii :)

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Thanks, Adam.
I would like ask about preposition.
“Wind blows over/across/through the land”
which preposition is correct?
Thanks in advance.

Saturday, October 1st 2016

    Hi Sophie,

    It blows across the land, ie. from coast to coast. It might come off the ocean, blow over the land and go to the next ocean. In some places it blows throughout the land (i.e., everywhere).

    It’s all about context. :)

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Thank you so much teacher for such a wonderful lesson teacher I need to ask you some thing I use a British English to English dictionary named “Longman dictionary of english language and culture” and its really a good and helpful one but still there are some words when a look for them and the way they define their meaning really makes me confused that I even become unable to understand the actual meaning of the word like I looked for the word”Convert” and the meaning starts like this[to(cause to)change into another form,substance or state……] I’m really unable to understand this(cause to) whats the use of writing this in the start what does it mean please define it to me it really makes every definition more complexed for me.Thanks

Sunday, October 2nd 2016

    Hi Eichi,

    It means that it can change itself or cause something else to change. Bill convert to Buddhism, and Jack couldn’t convert him back to Christianity.

    To change (or to cause to change) into another…
    Then they just take a shortcut to save space.

    Does this help?

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

adam please make a lesson about the word ” due ”
thank you so much

Monday, October 3rd 2016

    I’ll get on it Tien ;)

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Thanks, Adam, it was very hard for me but some of your lessons are very enjoyable for me.
Unfortunately, I got 33 in this lesson.
Thanks anyway and I hope always be healthy and happy.
Have a great time.

Monday, October 3rd 2016

Thanks Adam!

I usually learn new words by reading and searching for them in the dictionary.com mobile application in an Android smartphone. I’ll buy the Merriam Webster’s paper dictionary and I’m trying to use his site to lookup new words — this is a more direct dictionary.

Tuesday, October 4th 2016

Thank you Adam. Actually I use your advice but I don’t have a dictionary like this. I’ll try to buy it.

Thursday, October 6th 2016

9/10…Thank you!

Friday, October 7th 2016

    They are 9, not 10. If you did 9, you did 100/100 :)

    Monday, October 10th 2016

Is the website Vocabulary.com considered a good dictionary?

Saturday, October 8th 2016

    Hi Erik,

    It doesn’t seem to be a traditional dictionary. They have their own system of building your vocab. Try it, and if it helps, then it’s good ;)

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Thanks Adam!! 9/9 yay!

Monday, October 10th 2016

Hi Adam… Your tips are very useful, however, to be honest I didn’t like that Dictionary, but it was my first impression, anyway, I really liked your tips.

Monday, October 10th 2016

    No worries, Fernando. You have to be comfortable with the dictionary, so whichever one you like, use it. Just have a backup in case the one you use gives a complicated definition.

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

      Hi Adam… Thanks for replied… I got it.. Anyway, thanks for correcting me… It’s always hard use the correct word in english, but I will study hard to try don’t commit more mistakes :D

      Thursday, October 13th 2016

Thanks for you Adam. I have got more useful information that how to use dictionary. As far as can tell you more learners try to learn new words with difficult. But I hope this lesson to help to everyone soon. Me may say your lesson is “New words leaning system and techniques”

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Thanks for you Adam. I have got more useful information that how to use dictionary. As far as can tell you more learners try to learn new words with difficult. But I hope this lesson to help to everyone soon. We may say your lesson is “New words leaning system and techniques”

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Thanks everyone.

Remember, there are lots of options out there. Find what is comfortable for you and go with that.
:)

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Thanks teacher the lesson is great as usual I got 89.teacher i still get confused in sentences where have,has,had,(have,has,had been,being) are used in the sentences my mind just stops making any sense of the sentence please explain me all possible uses of has,have had,been,and being specially in such kind of sentences like “Had I studied a little more I would have led a more comfortable life” in such sentences some people use “if” instead of Had and also use” would have been” in place of just “would have” tell me how these sentences are different believe me teacher this have,has,been,being family is the main obstacle in my way of learning english can’t they be removed from english forever.

Saturday, October 15th 2016

    Hi Eichi,

    The only problem here is that this answer would be way too long and complicated in writing. I will try to make a video about this, because the verb have has many uses.

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

      Thank you teacher,then I must wait for the one

      Wednesday, October 26th 2016

so do I eichi I wish if they remove it forever

Monday, October 17th 2016

Hi Adam teacher. For 2 years i watch movies, but dont understand them as i wish. Do i have to keep on watching movies? Thanks from now

Monday, October 17th 2016

    Hi Seymur,

    Ideally, the more you watch, the easier it will get. But, no, you don’t have to do anything you don’t like.

    That being said, try watching a movie first with subtitles in your language, so that you understand the story. Then watch it again with English subtitles so you can practice following along, then finally watch it again with no subtitles and pay attention to the language. This should help you improve faster (make sure you only do this with movies you like, not the boring ones).

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

good lessson, teacher. Congratulations!

Wednesday, October 19th 2016

yeah! i can get TOP TEN..Adam teacher. Thank you for very new experiences for me to use M-W.com Finding dictionary online. so good.

Thursday, October 20th 2016

Hi, I am Kate from the Czech Republic in Europe. Would anybody like to write with me and practice English on Whats app? My number is 00420 723 802 593

Monday, October 24th 2016

Hi Adam! you teach so great and helpful. I appreciate you my favorite teacher. this is my first comment ;-).

Tuesday, October 25th 2016

I am so excited I got 89.Thank you Adam, I keep on studying till November 19 when I will take Ielts exam

Wednesday, October 26th 2016

I am so happy to take part to envid.com, I would like to sound as well as an English speaker

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

adam sir i am from tamilnadu i like your english lesson video very much,thanks

Friday, November 4th 2016

good job.i always support this channel.

Saturday, November 5th 2016

fascinating lesson . I have really enjoyed it . I really love reading especially in English , but when I use my dictionary a lot of times I got confused , and I feel kind of sleepy , I really like the idea of guessing . it is gonna benefit me . thanks teacher

Saturday, November 5th 2016

Thanks Mr Adam, You Make use dictionary easier for me. And I hope that easier for all
I’m very glad to be member of engvid.

Monday, November 7th 2016

Hey..
Thank you for dictionary. Its means me a lot. I like your video and I gotta 78 out 100 thanks to you.

Monday, November 14th 2016

Hii sir.
I’m from India and I’m kinda confuse in grammar like where I have to put ‘has,have,had, had been, would, could, have been etc…’ sir please help for it.

Monday, November 14th 2016

I got 9/9. Thank you so much that was really helpful.
perhaps it has taken me around 3 years to find a skillful and knowledgeable teacher like you. engvid is awesome website i would suggest all English students to explore this website as there are many teachers- with different teaching methods and strategy- teaching on this website. Great job Adam.

Friday, November 18th 2016

Thank you Adam.

Friday, November 25th 2016

the best class ever!

Friday, November 25th 2016

hey adam

Friday, December 2nd 2016

hey adam
thanks for your lesson :)
i have really enjoyed your way of teaching.

Friday, December 2nd 2016

I’m very happy
9/9

Friday, December 2nd 2016

Thank you, Adam! I’ve got 8 correct out of 9.

Sunday, December 11th 2016

Thanks Adam , you are BEST !!! 9/9 i really understend a lot.

Thursday, December 15th 2016

Hello, Adam… I’m Subi Indian, Sir please give some tips to improve my spelling, I’ve just started the coaching for IELTS. your lessons are really helpful. thank you. By the way, I like your smile :-)

Sunday, December 18th 2016

i got 78 . thanks adam it was really helpful.

Friday, December 23rd 2016

Hi Adam. Thank you very much. It was great.

Monday, January 2nd 2017

Thanks Adam for your great work!

Monday, February 6th 2017

I got 8 correct out of 9 thanks for your lesson :)

Sunday, February 19th 2017

I got 78! Thanks very much Adam for your lesson!

Friday, March 3rd 2017

Hi Adam,
I am Addie who is from China,nice to meet you here and thanks a lot of your lessons!
I have a question about :what situation should we use “the”?for example:i’m in printing business or i’m in the printing business?and why?
thanks a lot
have a good day!

Tuesday, March 14th 2017

thanks Adam.your lesson is as a key which is small but open big doors.i practiced some of your ideas like understand the meaning of the word without looking in the dictionnary.because and simply Adam i am lazy.by the way i’ve had the full mark in the quizz

Tuesday, April 4th 2017

Wow i got 9 out9 I am glad that iam Student of you Adam ..

Saturday, April 15th 2017

With little vocabulary it’s hard to use http://www.m-w.com becouse that without russian language. I have found it dictionary to english-russian on website http://www.oxforddictionaries.com. ^_^

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017

hello adam i am minh hang i come from vietnam and i have some questions if you are free please help me
i have some dictionary and some words are different between all the definition so how can i choose the best of them and how can we predict the best if we don’t understand the context

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

What is the difference between “who and whom” when and how to use them. Thanks

Monday, May 22nd 2017

Yippee! i got an 89, I find your style of teaching simple to follow and interesting.

Thursday, June 1st 2017

Thanks a lot for your assistance Adam .

Thursday, June 1st 2017

Thanks Adam….you are very helpgul

Monday, June 19th 2017

thanks

Thursday, July 27th 2017

Thank you Mr. Adam, you speak clearly and I just watch your videos on engvid for now. Also I have a question: Should I use Merriam-Webster’s Learners Dictionary or Merriam-Webster.com?

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

I GOT 89!!!! YES!!! THANK YOU Adam.

Friday, October 13th 2017

Thank you Adam !
I use daily thefreedictionary.com which gathered several dictionaries, thesaurus etc..

Friday, October 13th 2017

    Sorry.
    I meant “which gathers”, I hope you gathered…

    Friday, October 13th 2017
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