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Synonyms 2 - Spot the Synonyms
An INVISIBLE man working on his laptop. 'Invisible' is formed by adding a prefix to the word 'visible' and is a synonym of 'unseen'.

Synonyms 2 - Spot the Synonyms

English has thousands of words that convey meaning and play a role in communication. With such a huge vocabulary it is not possible that every individual word will have a totally unique meaning. There are many words that have similar meanings to each other - and not only that, we also have words that have opposite meanings.

What does the word PAL remind you of? Does it make you think of a FRIEND, a BUDDY or an ALLY? These words are similar in meaning to PAL and such words are called synonyms. Synonyms help you to pick a suitable word to communicate your message clearly and precisely.

Related to synonyms are antonyms. Words that are opposite in meaning to each other are known as antonyms. In English some antonyms are formed by adding a prefix to a word and these prefixes have meanings that contribute to the opposite meaning of the new word formed.

There are several prefixes that can be added - MIS, UN, IL, DIS, IM, IN and IR. For example, MISBEHAVE is an antonym of the word BEHAVE and it is formed by adding MIS as a prefix to the word. The meaning of MIS is ‘wrong’ and you can see how the prefix contributes to the meaning of MISBEHAVE. Some other examples are UNHAPPY, ILLEGAL, DISAPPEAR, IMPOSSIBLE, INCREDIBLE and IRREGULAR.

Now, these words are unique opposites of the original word. But, you may want another word similar to that word and synonyms provide such alternatives. For example, synonyms of IRREGULAR are ERRATIC, SPORADIC and UNEVEN. It would be useful to learn synonyms for antonyms formed by adding prefixes and add to your vocabulary and use them whenever the need arises. In the quiz that follows you will learn about synonyms of antonyms formed by adding prefixes.

1.
UNLIKELY is the antonym of likely. Find the synonym of UNLIKELY from the four options given.
Improbable
Possible
Feasible
Expected
The other options are synonyms of 'likely'. 'Improbable' is an antonym formed from the word 'probable' which is a synonym of 'likely'
2.
UNABLE is the antonym of able. Find the synonym of UNABLE from the four options given.
Competent
Incapable
Capable
Adept
The other options are synonyms of 'able'. 'Incapable' is an antonym formed from the word 'capable'
3.
ANTISOCIAL is the antonym of social. Find the synonym of ANTISOCIAL from the four options given.
Reclusive
Participatory
Companionable
Friendly
The other options are synonyms of 'social' rather than antonyms
4.
DISOBEY is the antonym of obey. Find the synonym of DISOBEY from the four options given.
Comply
Defy
Heed
Follow
The other options are synonyms of 'obey'
5.
ILLEGIBLE is the antonym of legible. Find the synonym of ILLEGIBLE from the four options given.
Readable
Lucid
Understandable
Indecipherable
The other options are synonyms of 'legible'. 'Indecipherable' is the antonym formed from the word 'decipherable'
6.
INDECENT is the antonym of decent. Find the synonym of INDECENT from the four options given.
Honourable
Proper
Noble
Lewd
The other options are synonyms of 'decent'. The antonym 'lewd' is not formed by adding a prefix
7.
DISPROPORTIONATE is the antonym of proportionate. Find the synonym of DISPROPORTIONATE from the four options given.
Comparable
Commensurate
Equitable
Unequal
The other options are synonyms of 'proportionate' rather than antonyms
8.
INVISIBLE is the antonym of visible. Find the synonym of INVISIBLE from the four options given.
Noticeable
Detectable
Unseen
Seen
The other options are synonyms of 'visible'. 'Unseen' is the antonym formed from the word 'seen'
9.
NONENTITY is the antonym of entity. Find the synonym of NONENTITY from the four options given.
Cipher
Substance
Body
Individual
The other options are synonyms of 'entity'. 'Individual' is not formed by adding a prefix, although it looks like it might be
10.
DISHONEST is the antonym of honest. Find the synonym of DISHONEST from the four options given.
Honourable
Corrupt
Sincere
Conscientious
'Honourable', 'sincere' and 'conscientious' are all synonyms of 'honest'
Author:  V T Narendra

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