'Antonyms' are words which have opposite meanings. For example, 'fast' is an antonym of 'slow'. Synonyms have similar meanings, such as 'fast' and 'rapid'. To remember the difference, think of 'anti' for antonyms and you won't go far wrong!
It's a good idea to think about how words are related to each other. When you are writing, it can be helpful to find synonyms for some of the words you want to use. This can help to make your writing more interesting, especially if you tend to repeat certain favourite words. Knowing the antonyms for words can help you to structure your writing, so that you can introduce contrasts, such as this: "When Sophia arrived at the house for the party, she expected to find her grandmother in a cheery mood, but instead she seemed melancholy".
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