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Synonyms
A thesaurus is useful for finding synonyms.

Synonyms

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at synonyms. Synonyms are similar meaning words or phrases. They can be very useful for improving the quality of your writing. Sometimes we use the same words over and over, which can be boring for our readers. Can you spot pairs of words which have the same meaning?

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1.
Look at the word and choose the correct synonym from the list.
Tired
Worried
Unbalanced
Fatigued
Miserable
Exhausted and sleepy are alternatives.
2.
Look at the word and choose the correct synonym from the list.
Slouching
Stalking
Poised
Eager
Slumping
Other synonyms are hunching and drooping.
3.
Look at the word and choose the correct synonym from the list.
Suggestion
Implication
Action
Oblivious
All of the above
'Suggestion' has many meanings, each with its own set of synonyms. Other synonyms of 'suggestion' include 'hint' and 'allusion'.
4.
Look at the word and choose the correct synonym from the list.
Defeat
Different
Overcome
Outnumber
Despise
Beat and conquer are other synonyms.
5.
Look at the word and choose the correct synonym from the list.
Hastily
Cautiously
Hungrily
Hurriedly
Continuously
Quickly and speedily both work too.
6.
Look at the word and choose the correct synonym from the list.
Loyal
Neurotic
Suspicious
Warlike
Devoted
Other synonyms are true and faithful.
7.
Look at the word and choose the correct synonym from the list.
Solitude
Patience
Exposure
Isolation
Fear
Solitude means being solitary, or alone.
8.
Look at the word and choose the correct synonym from the list.
Decide
Think
Decision
Assign
Determine
Once a course of action has been chosen, it has been 'decided' or 'determined' - 'resolve' is another good synonym for 'decide'.
9.
Look at the word and choose the correct synonym from the list.
Precisely
Slowly
Exactly
Poetically
Woodenly
To be precise is to be exact and accurate in your thought, speech or actions.
10.
Look at the word and choose the correct synonym from the list.
Happy
Contented
Indifferent
Displeased
Wild
Happy has plenty of synonyms, such as blissful, cheerful, jolly, joyful, merry and thrilled.
Author:  Sheri Smith

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