How to test an illustrative sentence for specificity
It is not enough that an illustrative sentence just contain the target word;
the sentence should provide a context that is specific enough to clarify
the usage of the sense being illustrated.
Here are some guidelines to follow when you test an illustrative sentence
Make sure that the lexeme and not a related word is the most natural candidate
to complete the illustrative sentence. Try substituting the lexeme with one
or more of the following:
other words that belong under the same generic concept
a more generic word
a larger concept of which the word is a part
a word representing another part or characteristic of the larger concept
Follow these steps to test an illustrative sentence for specificity:
Select a sentence.
Remove the lexeme to be illustrated.
Try to complete the sentence using different words. If you can replace the
lexeme with a word that is directly or indirectly related to it and the sentence
still makes sense, then the sentence is not specific enough.
Make the illustrative sentence more specific if necessary by adding other
characteristic elements to help reinforce and constrain the sense of the
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