Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one facet or multiple facets.)
On a gem, a facet is one of the many smooth surfaces.
More loosely, a facet of something is just one part of it: just one of the many aspects of it.
How to use it:
Talk about a facet of something: a facet of life, a facet of his personality, a facet of her country's character, a facet of health, and so on. For example: "The average family's income is just one facet of the economy" and "Grading huge stacks of papers is one of the worst facets of teaching." You can talk about "every facet of" something, "all facets of" something, "not a single facet of" something, too, as in "Having a child changes every facet of your life."
The point is that when you use the word "facet" instead of "part" or "piece," you're emphasizing that the thing you're talking about is like a gem: it's complex and three-dimensional, and you can turn it around and look at it from different ways.
Although some people complain that their school teachers never taught them to balance a checkbook or present themselves well in a job interview, it's just not possible for schools to prepare students for every single facet of adult life.
We do export certain crops from Hawaii, but the key facet of our economy is tourism.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "facet” means when you can explain it without saying “aspect” or “one side."
Think of something you learned through experience, and fill in the blanks: "(Having to/ Dealing with/ Discovering that/ Learning to)_____ was a surprising facet of _____."
Example: "Learning to make the most of long hours of boredom without relying on a phone, a computer, or a book was a surprising facet of my first real job."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Messages that go through an automated translator into several languages and back into English again often end up sounding funny and garbled-- but still somehow meaningful. We’re having fun with that phenomenon this month as we play our game: Guess the moral from Aesop’s Fables after it has been translated into a few foreign languages and back again by a computer program. Some of the morals may be very familiar to you, others not so much. You don’t need to quote Aesop verbatim but rather just understand the message being conveyed. Try it out each day and see the right answer the following day.
Yesterday’s answer: The translation-babble said, “You see what power and gnat should be, given that angry fear of elephants.” Aesop said, “You see what strength a gnat must have, given that he provokes fear in the elephant.”
Try this one today: “The fact that it is easy to assess the action cannot do.”
A Point Well Made:
Isaac Asimov: "Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”
1. The opposite of FACET is
2. She maintains a multifaceted focus on _____
A. providing excellent customer service.
B. improving service, profits, and the company's reputation.
C. making sure everyone knows the improvements are all thanks to her.
Answers are below.
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