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Support Indicators

Supporting words support or further explain what has already been said. These words often introduce synonyms for words elsewhere in the sentence. Following are some common supporting words:
 

And

Also

Furthermore

Likewise

In Addition

For

Indeed

Similarly

Truly

 

 

Example

Davis is an opprobrious and ________ speaker, equally caustic toward friend or foe—a true curmudgeon.
 

lofty
vituperative
unstinting
retiring
laudatory


“And” in the sentence indicates that the missing adjective is similar in meaning to “opprobrious,” which is very negative.  Now, vituperative—the only negative word—means “abusive.”
 

 

Example

The belief that sanctions and tactical military strikes can turn the people of a country against a dictator is folly; indeed, as we are witnessing in the Balkans, this ________ causes the population to rally around the dictator.
 

sometimes
rarely
invariably
never
occasionally


“Indeed” in the sentence indicates that the second clause supports and emphasizes what is stated in the first clause: that sanctions and tactical military strikes will not work. Now, something that will not work will invariably (always) fail.
 





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