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Word Usage and Nuance

Grade 9
Sep 5, 2022


The word ‘nuances’ means ‘shade’, a minimal difference in meaning, expression, or sound of a word. 

Nuance – It means a small or subtle change, a change that’s so tiny it might even be hard to differentiate because it’s hard to observe. The word nuance is a noun.  

Example :

  • “Great painters use nuances of color to create their masterpieces.” 

So, they use small, subtle changes of color to create their art, to create what they are making for people to enjoy. 

  • “The police detective examined every nuance of the suspect’s statement.” 

So, the police detective is examining or looking for small or subtle changes between what was said at the beginning of the statement and what is being said throughout the statement. 


The elements that support nuance:  

  1. Connotation, or the feelings and ideas associated with a specific word   
  2. Subtext or what’s going on beneath the surface of the writing. 

Nuances are very small differences between things; a good example of this is a person’s facial expressions. When someone is happy, they smile. Looking at a painting in person is a totally different experience. 

Word Usage  

Word use is dominating while composing or talking since word use assists us with articulating with implications and structures that are fitting for the unique circumstance and design of a sentence. 

Understanding words and how to utilize them will enormously work on your capacity to be a viable author. 

The following are three interesting points while concluding what words to use in your composition: 

  1. Does this word really appear to be legit in a specific situation? 
  2. Who is your crowd? 
  3. Is it true or not that you are, in effect, clear? 


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