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# How Do I Solve an Anagram?

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In order to solve an anagram, a person will need a good vocabulary, pattern-recognition skills, and often a little luck. Solving anagrams can be a good way to exercise the brain, and may be a fun diversion for anyone who loves words and language. Some of the most popular ways to solve anagrams include looking for prefixes and suffixes, rearranging the word in a pattern, or simply manually trying out letter combinations.

Words in the English language often contain a core word, plus a prefix or suffix. Common prefixes found in English might include “un,” “de,” or “out,” while some common suffixes might be “ed,” “ing,” or “est.” Looking for telltale prefixes and suffixes can be a good way to get started on a word, leaving fewer letters to unscramble. If an anagram consists of the letters “GSINAV,” assuming the suffix is “ING” leaves only three letters to solve for the correct answer of “SAVING.”

The human brain is quite good at recognizing word and letter patterns, even if this knowledge acts in a somewhat subconscious manner. One strategy that may help employ pattern skills to solve an anagram is rearranging the letters in a circle or square formation. By placing the letters in a geometric pattern, some people may find it easier to stop looking at the anagram as if it is an existing word, and focus on the letters individually. By doing this, it may be easier to recognize the relationship of one letter to another in a different order than the initial anagram form.

When all else fails, the most basic way to solve an anagram is by manually writing down letter combinations. A person can simply choose one of the letters to be the first letter in the word, then try out all the possible combinations of the subsequent letters. While this method can certainly yield results, it may take a very long time, especially with longer words. Having a fair understanding of the English language can help ease this method, as this can help eliminate letter combinations that are rarely, if ever, used.

One of the key strategies used to solve anagrams is simply to practice frequently. Since the skills needed to solve an anagram are largely based on pattern recognition, speed and accuracy may be gained by giving those skills a regular workout. Even solving one anagram a day for several weeks may lead to a marked improvement in pattern recognition abilities.