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Synonyms 2
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Synonyms 2

This quiz takes a look at similar words and enhances KS1 children’s understanding of synonyms. This quiz should be carried out with the help of a dictionary, as it will introduce them to a variety of new vocabulary. Similar words, or synonyms, are an important part of literacy and English, as they can really improve a child’s writing and speech.

Sally has written some sentences but she has made a mistake. She thought she was writing these sentences for university students. Please help her change the complicated word to a similar, simpler word. You might need a dictionary!

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1.
'Please move in a circular motion.' Which word can we use instead of 'circular'?
round
square
straight
curved
The word 'circular' comes from the word 'circle'.
2.
'The concert will commence at 8 o'clock.' Which word can we use instead of 'commence'?
begin
end
noise
happy
Commence and begin mean the same thing as the word start. The world's largest arena is called the Philippine Arena.
3.
'The officer was very courageous.' Which word can we use instead of 'courageous'?
scared
proud
brave
sad
We could say he is brave, courageous, fearless, gallant, heroic and valiant. All these words mean the same thing.
4.
'She wasn't feeling very well and felt drowsy.' Which word can we use instead of 'drowsy'?
sleepy
poorly
sick
unhappy
Newborn babies sleep for around sixteen hours a day, as they get older they sleep less and less.
5.
'Please purchase a new car.' Which word can we use instead of 'purchase'?
sell
hide
clean
buy
The Bugatti Veyron is the fastest car in the world but it's also one of the most expensive cars around.
6.
'The ship was in great peril.' Which word can we use instead of 'peril'?
water
condition
danger
form
Another ship or liner that was in great peril was the Titanic, which sank in 1912.
7.
'He manufactured lego.' Which word can we use instead of 'manufactured'?
makes
made
bought
sold
If we were replacing 'manufactures' then it would be 'makes', however, we are using the past tense and so it's 'made'.
8.
'The wool is very coarse.' Which word can we use instead of 'coarse'?
pretty
soft
rough
comfortable
The fleece from sheep is shaved and used to make wool; we have been using their wool since the Stone Age.
9.
'He has gone insane.' Which word can we use instead of 'insane'?
crazy
sad
round
boring
We say someone has gone crazy if we mean they are doing something unusual. When we say this, we don't actually think they are crazy or insane - this is called a manner of speech, we are saying it to make a point but we don't mean it literally.
10.
'He is a wealthy man.' Which word can we use instead of 'wealthy'?
stop
horrible
happy
rich
The word wealthy means rich, they both mean he has lots of money.
Author:  Finola Waller

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