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Synonyms 04
You might write "A single turkey remained in the farmyard." You could also write "A sole turkey remained in the farmyard." "Single" and "sole" are synonyms.

Synonyms 04

The words "choice" and "option" mean very nearly the same thing, so they are synonyms of each other. You may want to ask your English teacher for a synonym of the word "synonym" and see what they come up with!

Reading the following paragraph will help you to appreciate at least one reason to expand your vocabulary by learning which words are synonyms:

Amusement parks are exciting! The roller coasters are especially exciting and the cousins were excited to be standing in the queue for the most exciting roller coaster of all on the first day the new amusement park opened. All the way there they had chattered excitedly about the different rides they wanted to try and which they would queue up for first. Everyone around them was as excited as they were....

Are you bored of that story yet? Could you bear to read the word "excited" even one more time? Words lose power when they are repeated so many times in close proximity.

Using synonyms instead helps writing to stay fresh. Synonyms for "excited" include "thrilled", "animated", "enthusiastic" and "eager". Replacing some of the words above with synonyms would encourage the audience to remain engaged rather than growing bored.

Here is our fourth synonym quiz to keep you in practice.

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1.
See if you can find the synonym for the following word.
Abbreviate
Extend
Lengthen
Make longer
Shorten
Words with opposite meanings are antonyms
2.
See if you can find the synonym for the following word.
Release
Hold prisoner
Imprison
Restrain
Set free
Words with similar meanings are synonyms
3.
See if you can find the synonym for the following word.
Soothe
Anger
Annoy
Comfort
Irritate
More synonyms of "soothe" include "make calm" and "assuage"
4.
See if you can find the synonym for the following word.
Smart
Fashionable
Inelegant
Unkempt
Untidy
The other three are synonyms of "not smart"!
5.
See if you can find the synonym for the following word.
Thorough
Careless
Complete
Incomplete
Partial
Use "through", "though" and "thorough" correctly
6.
See if you can find the synonym for the following word.
Sole
Crowd
Gathering
Group
Single
Learning synonyms builds your writing and speaking vocabulary
7.
See if you can find the synonym for the following word.
Standstill
Flow
Movement
Progression
Stop
Vary your vocabulary: avoid overusing the same word
8.
See if you can find the synonym for the following word.
Waver
Adhere to
Hold fast
Stand firm
Sway
Try to learn, use and spell new words
9.
See if you can find the synonym for the following word.
Unflagging
Ceasing
Stopping
Tireless
Tiring
The other three words are synonyms of "flagging"
10.
See if you can find the synonym for the following word.
Simultaneous
At different times
At the same time
Not at once
Separately
All antonyms used here are synonyms of each other!

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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