Antonyms 01
Fast is an antonym of slow.

Antonyms 01

This KS3 English quiz is about antonyms. 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".

Find antonyms for the following words in our first English Antonyms quiz.

1.
Shout
Cry
Scream
Shriek
Whisper
"Shriek" and "scream" have similar meanings to "shout"
2.
Stale
Fresh
Kept too long
Musty
Old
Remember: synonyms have similar meanings
3.
Few
A minority
A small number
Many
Not many
"Few" and "many" are antonyms
4.
Bright
Dull
Radiant
Shining
Sparkling
"Sparkling", "shining" and "radiant" are synonyms
5.
Awake
Alert
Asleep
Vigilant
Watchful
Remember: antonyms have opposite meanings
6.
Empty
Drained
Full
Poured out
Vacant
"Full" means the opposite of "empty"
7.
Cry
Bewail
Laugh
Sob
Weep
The other three are synonyms for "cry"; synonyms have similar meanings
8.
Late
After a deadline
Delayed
Early
Tardy
"Tardy" means "late", making the words synonyms
9.
Shut
Barred
Closed
Fastened
Open
"Open" is an antonym for "shut"; the two words have opposite meanings
10.
Long
Drawn out
Extended
Protracted
Short
"Extended", "drawn out" and "protracted" are synonyms

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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