Understanding What Was Said

The Same Thing in Different Words

            In many languages, and in English in particular, we tend to like variation to our words. We might repeat an idea, but we change the words slightly so we don’t sound like a broken record. In addition, every word has a basic meaning but it often includes subtle shades of additional meaning. By selecting which set of similar words we use in a discussion, we fine tune exactly what we mean to get across.

            We also should be aware of when the antonyms of our key words are being used. I suggest marking those with a red circle and slash around the icon for that key word.

            Greek, like English, makes use of pronouns to refer back to who is being discussed. We need to identify the pronouns so we can better understand who is being talked about.

Class Discussion

1.         What words serve as pronouns? (I, he, she, they, us, them, those, it, who, this, these, you, your, our, my, mine, his, her)

2.         Using the first chapter of Corinthians, identify the pronouns.

3.         Using the first chapter and your list of key words, what synonyms and antonyms can you identify?