comprehending :: activating prior knowledge :: inferring :: forward inference :: elaboration :: predictive inference :: Scale ::

micro-predictive inference

Working Definition

In the context of inferring, the term micro-level refers to the inferring that takes place between the word and sentence level. Predicting what word comes next while reading would be an example of a micro-predictive inference. When reading the incomplet sentence, "The clown had a smile painted on his ______" guessing that the word "face" follows "his" would be an example of a forward mirco-predictive inference.

This inference is forward because it it involves an inference about something that has yet to be read. It is micro because is occurs at the word level. It is elaborative because it is not necessary to guess that "face" is the next word in order to understand, the word "face" will be explicit next in the text so that it does not need to be inferred, but can be read.


Prompts are found in each of the supersets.

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