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Improving Vocabulary 01
There are at least 250,000 words in English.

Improving Vocabulary 01

Let's have fun with a cool KS2 English quiz! It helps us learn more words and become super spellers. Did you know there are over 250,000 words in English? That's a lot! Imagine if someone knew all of them - like a word superhero! Even though some words mean similar things, they have tiny differences. But guess what? You can always find the perfect word to say exactly what you mean. No more boring words for us! By getting better at words, we can write amazing stories and understand English even more. Try the quiz and let's make our words exciting!

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1.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, choose the best replacement for the word in italics.
The boys walked home because they were eager to try out their new game.
crept
raced
shuffled
wandered
The boys raced home because they were eager to try out their new game. 'Raced' is an improvement for the less vivid 'walked'.
2.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, choose the best replacement for the word in italics.
The family left the rubbish from their picnic.
spilled
quit
stopped
abandoned
The family abandoned the rubbish from their picnic.
3.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, choose the best replacement for the word in italics.
The children were tired after climbing the mountain.
bored
weary
irritated
worried
The children were weary after climbing the mountain.
4.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, choose the best replacement for the word in italics.
The class liked those hot, sunny days when they were allowed to play cricket all afternoon.
enjoyed
admired
agreed
gained
The class enjoyed those hot, sunny days when they were allowed to play cricket all afternoon. To make the verb stronger, you could also use 'cherished' or 'treasured' or 'prized' (although it's important to sound reasonable, too!).
5.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, choose the best replacement for the word in italics.
The clown's tricks made the children roll around, laughing, while the adults couldn't help but laugh.
smiling, roar
giggling, chuckle
crying, shriek
happy, smirk
The clown's tricks made the children roll around, giggling, while the adults couldn't help but chuckle.
6.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, choose the best replacement for the word in italics.
The sun's hot rays shone all afternoon.
glistened
lit
glowed
blazed
The sun's hot rays blazed all afternoon. 'Hot rays' requires a strong word, like 'blazed'. 'Glowed' could be used if the sun was described as having 'gentle rays'.
7.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, choose the best replacement for the word in italics.
Lizzie said that she had a secret to tell us.
announced
told
smiled
questioned
Lizzie announced that she had a secret to tell us.
8.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, choose the best replacement for the word in italics.
Tom was happy to be offered such an important role in the school play.
overjoyed
delighted
glad
All of the above
'Happy' is one of the most overused words in English - try to build up a collection of words which are more specific. For example, do 'glad' and 'delighted' mean exactly the same level of happiness?
9.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, choose the best replacement for the word in italics.
The girls were sad when their cat went missing.
humiliated
dreadful
downhearted
furious
The girls were downhearted when their cat went missing. The other words are excellent vocabulary choices, but they do not have the same meaning as 'sad' in this sentence.
10.
Without changing the meaning of the sentence, choose the best replacement for the word in italics.
The dog's loud barking just made the baby cry even more loudly.
snivel
simper
howl
snuffle
The dog's loud barking just made the baby howl even more loudly.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Synonyms and antonyms

Author:  Sheri Smith

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