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sua habilidade de 
adivinhar o significado das palavras fazendo uso do contexto. 
As sentenças abaixo contêm palavras que não existem em inglês identifique o significado 
dessas palavras usando o contexto. 
1. Michael gave me a beautiful bunch of flowers: roses, dahlias, marguerites, 
chrysanthemums, nogs and orchids. _________________ 
2. If I don’t buy a blue car, then I might buy a fobble one. _________________ 
3. I can’t cut with this knife because it is bugler. _________________ 
4. John isn’t married, he’s meed. _________________ 
5. Over the last 20 years our family has owned a great variety of wurgs: poodles, 
dalmatians, Yorkshire terriers, and even St. Bernards. _________________ 
6. In the Middle Ages, prisoners were often physically tortured in order to make them 
pogmortle. _________________ 
7. It was so brody that it was impossible to see more 20 meters. _________________ 
Ao encontrar uma palavra desconhecida você pode recorrer ao dicionário ou tentar adivinhar 
seu significado fazendo uso do contexto, isto é, observando a sentença em que a palavra 
aparece ou as sentenças anteriores e posteriores. Talvez você não conheça a palavra weight. 
Observe o que acontece quando ela é contextualizada: 
Many people are worried about their weight. To reduce weight they eat less, 
eliminate carbohydrates from their diet, do a lot of exercises to burn calories, etc. 
Agora leia o exemplo: 
The paintings contain circles, squares, triangles, pirries, cylindres and cubes. 
Certamente a única palavra que você não compreendeu foi pirries. No entanto sem usar 
dicionário, você reconhece que essa palavra é uma forma geométrica. 
(Obs.: pirries não existe em inglês) 
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8. Even in the poorest parts of the country, people usually have a table, some chairs, a roup 
and a bed. _________________ 
9. Of course he is bamp – he drank 6 “caipirinhas” in half-an-hour. ________________ 
10. Be careful with Jimmy. He is considered a mutcher because he is always with a different 
girlfriend. _________________ 
11. Whenever I go downtown I take the golper – it is faster than a bus and cheaper than a 
taxi. _________________ 
12. The girls shut down the carties in order to get dressed. _________________ 
13. Miss Baker is a very emating secretary– she is never late and types perfectly. 
_________________ 
14. That woman is a grastor – she is always interested in the money she might get from her 
partner. _________________ 
15. Mr. Thompson bought his wife a bingle ring – tomorrow is their wedding anniversary. 
_________________ 
16. Stir the caple until it is soft, and then put it in the oven. _________________ 
17. The little girl wanted a tupper to stand on it. The man in front of her was very tall. 
_________________ 
Exercício - Contexto 
Observe os seguintes exemplos: 
1. Com um sorriso no rosto, o 
aniversariante apagou as velas. 
2. Tenho que limpar as velas do carro. 
3. O marinheiro levantou as velas do barco. 
4. Ela adora segurar vela. 
1. Ele tocou bem o cravo. 
2. Quentão é feito de cachaça, açúcar, cravo, 
canela e gengibre. 
3. O cavalo perdeu o cravo. 
4. Você precisa tomar remédios para os seus 
cravos. 
 
É claro que o contexto é sempre importante para a compreensão das palavras que têm vários 
significados diferentes. Em inglês, o contexto é muito importante. Veja as frases abaixo. 
Como você traduziria as palavras sublinhadas? 
 
1. The waiter filled their glasses with champagne. ð ________________________ 
2. She went to the optician for a new pair of glasses. ð _______________________ 
3. The beauty salon charges ten dollars for a complete treatment, including nails. ð 
________________________ 
4. I went to the hardware store to buy a hammer and some nails. ð __________________ 
5. Tomorrow the Royal Society will hold a formal ball to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of 
its foundation. ð ________________________ 
6. Come on! Pass the ball. ð ________________________ 
7. You missed a great show! We had a ball. ð ________________________ 
8. The money was in the palm of his hand. ð ________________________ 
9. There are beautiful palm trees in the south of Brazil. ð ____________________ 
10. Tomorrow I’ll ask my secretary to phone the head of the firm. ð ___________________ 
11. She has nothing in her head. ð ________________________ 
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12. He was arrested after the accident because he had failed to stop when the lights were red. 
ð ________________________ 
13. It’s getting dark in here. Turn on the lights, will you? ð ___________________ 
14. Professor Battenburg has just published a paper on the social consequences of the 
economic recession. ð ________________________ 
15. Just a minute. I’ll get pen and paper. ð ________________________ 
16. How did the elephant get its trunk? ð ________________________ 
17. Have you put the tent in the trunk of the car? ð ________________________ 
18. She is still convalescent and must have a rest every afternoon. ð __________________ 
19. What are you going to do with the rest of the food? ð ______________________ 
Exercício - Contexto 
Determine o sentido das palavras sublinhadas através do contexto: 
1. I always pay my bills at a bank. __________________ 
2. If a man doesn’t obey the laws he can go to prison. __________________ 
3. Final examinations in Brazilian schools are held in November. 
__________________ 
4. Because of inflation, prices continue to rise. __________________ 
5. Don’t raise your voice when you talk to me! __________________ 
6. I won’t raise any objections to the plan. __________________ 
7. What conclusions can you draw from the facts? __________________ 
8. He was accused of many crimes but he denied everything. 
__________________ 
9. He’s a very dedicated husband. He doesn’t deny anything to his 
wife. 
 
__________________ 
10. I took me 3 hours to do the exercise. __________________ 
11. Educating children well takes more than just money and time. 
__________________ 
12. Although he’s very intelligent, he didn’t pass the exam. 
__________________ 
13. The course didn’t answer our needs. __________________ 
14. Lula is the leader of the Workers’ Party. __________________ 
15. I believe in God. __________________ 
16. In the past, people used to believe that the earth was flat. 
__________________ 
17. Brazilian people have lost their faith in politicians. __________________ 
18. We can’t trust in people who never keep their promises. __________________ 
19. We won’t stop fighting. We’ll keep on fighting until the end. 
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20. It is important to learn foreign languages such as English, 
French, German or Spanish. 
 
__________________ 
21. You mustn’t smoke here. Throw away that cigarette 
immediately. 
 
__________________ 
22. He has found a solution for the problem. __________________ 
23. I find it difficult to understand him. __________________ 
24. Is it true or false that women are bad driver? __________________ 
25. The ozone layer is being destroyed by some chemical products. 
__________________ 
26. Some people consider Fernanda Montenegro the best Brazilian 
actress. 
 
__________________ 
27. You were so rude to me that I’ll never forgive you. __________________ 
28. Even if you apologize for your rudeness, I won’t forgive you. 
__________________ 
29. Stop behaving like a child! If you don’t change you behavior, I’ll 
have to punish you. 
 
__________________ 
30. These products are terrible! We must improve their quality. 
__________________ 
31. I’ll make dinner and you will lay the table. __________________ 
32. The plants died for lack of water. __________________ 
33. I don’t like this decoration: blue and brown are colors that don’t 
match. 
 
__________________ 
34. Do you have hope for a better future? __________________ 
35. The classroom is 5 meters wide and 4 meters long. __________________ 
36. What’s the length of the river? It’s 3.567 miles long. __________________ 
37. Stress can cause many