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Synonyms 01
The word "build" means the same as "construct". The two words are synonyms of each other.

Synonyms 01

This quiz is all about synonyms which are words with similar meanings. Try not to muddle synonyms with antonyms, which are words with opposite meanings!

Your English teachers have probably encouraged you to use more synonyms in order to avoid being repetitive in your writing. This is, of course, a fantastic idea! You should, however, be judicious in your choices of synonym. For example, you might want to replace the word "non-stop" with "interminable". The words are synonyms and using either word would make sense in most cases. But it's also important to consider register. If you are addressing small children, for instance, "non-stop" would make sense and "interminable" would not. "Non-stop" might also be the better choice if you were speaking casually or writing informally, and also if you were trying to have an immediate impact, for example in a poster or leaflet. "Fight these non-stop changes to our A&E department!" is more compelling than "Fight these interminable changes to our A&E department!" So remember to bear context in mind when replacing words with their similes.

Have a go at our first English synonym quiz to get you familiar with similar vocabulary choices.

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1.
What does "synonymous" mean?
Having a different meaning
Having a similar meaning
Having an opposite meaning
Having another meaning
Synonyms are words with similar meanings
2.
Find the synonym of the following word.
Sow
Gather in
Harvest
Reap
Scatter seed
"Sow" is a verb meaning "scatter", but its homonym "sow" is a noun meaning a "mother pig"
3.
Find the synonym of the following word.
Detach
Attach
Join
Separate
Unite
"Detach" and "attach" are opposites, or antonyms
4.
Find the synonym of the following word.
Build
Construct
Demolish
Destroy
Knock down
Don't use the same word repeatedly in your writing; instead use synonyms for variety
5.
Find the synonym of the following word.
Calm
Disturbed
Peaceful
Rough
Stormy
"Calm" and "rough" are antonyms: they have opposite meanings
6.
Find the synonym of the following word.
Hurry
Cease
Pause
Rush
Stop
Try to use synonyms and antonyms in your writing
7.
Find the synonym of the following word.
Difficult
Easy
Facile
Helpful
Not easy
"Facile" means "easy", so is the opposite of "difficult"
8.
Find the synonym of the following word.
Stop
Go
Halt
Move
Travel
How many synonyms for "go" can you list?
9.
Find the synonym of the following word.
Eager
Calm
Controlled
Keen
Reticent
"Reticent" means "quiet" or "reserved", making it an antonym of "eager"
10.
Find the synonym of the following word.
Tiny
Big
Huge
Large
Minute
"Minute" means "very small", making it a synonym of "tiny"

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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