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Antonyms 02
Can you think of an antonym for wet?

Antonyms 02

This KS3 English quiz will ask you to find antonyms. Antonyms are words that mean the opposite and learning about them is a good way to build your vocabulary. Try and use a variety of antonyms in your speaking and writing in order to make it more interesting for your audience.

Do you ever become bored with your own writing? And if you are bored, how can your audience help but be bored, too? This reaction is especially likely if you tend to use the same words over and over again, which happens with many of the most commonly used words. For instance, you have probably learned to substitute other synonyms for "said", "walked", "happy", and "sad". Choose carefully, however. Replacing a sentence such as "the old man leapt over the abandoned barbed-wire fence" with "the lithe, venerable gentleman capered over the razor-sharp, forsaken, barbed-wire barrier" would be a bit distracting!

Select an antonym for each of the following words in our second quiz on antonyms.

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1.
Worker
Craftsman
Employee
Idler
Labourer
An "idler" doesn't work but "idles" away (wastes) time
2.
Wisdom
Discernment
Judgement
Stupidity
Understanding
"'Folly" is often given as wisdom's opposite
3.
Wane
Decline
Decrease
Dwindle
Wax
A moon "waxes" full then "wanes" to a thin crescent
4.
Whole
Complete
Entire
Intact
Partial
"Partial" means "incomplete" or "fragmentary"
5.
Young
Baby
Fledgling
Junior
Old
A "fledgling" is a baby bird; the word can be used figuratively as a synonym for "young"
6.
Worsen
Decay
Decline
Deteriorate
Improve
"Improve" is the opposite of "worsen"
7.
Worn
Fresh
Old
Used
Worn-out
"Old", "used" and "worn-out"' are synonyms
8.
Yield
Consent
Give in
Give way
Hold firm
The verb "to yield" means "to surrender"
9.
Yell
Screech
Shout
Shriek
Whisper
"Shout", "shriek" and "screech" are all loud utterances, like "yell"
10.
Win
Accomplish
Achieve
Attain
Lose
"Win" and "lose" are opposites, therefore antonyms

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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