Grammar - Conventions of Standard English - Synonyms

I was filled with anger all day.

Grammar - Conventions of Standard English - Synonyms

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Synonyms are two words that mean the same or nearly the same thing. As an example, look at the following two sentences:

“Steven thought the new girl was really pretty.”

“Steven thought the new girl was really beautiful.”

In these two sentences, “pretty” and “beautiful” mean nearly the same thing. Therefore, they are synonyms.

1.
Determine which word is the synonym for the CAPITALIZED word.
Stanley was ENORMOUSLY grateful for the help he received.
tremendously
thoroughly
hardly
incorrectly
'Enormously' in this sentence means greatly or hugely grateful. Looking at list, 'thoroughly' is the most similar in that it means intensively and completely so it is the synonym we are looking for.
2.
Determine which word is the synonym for the CAPITALIZED word.
The police RESTRICTED access to the crime scene.
dislodged
limited
opened
appeared
To 'restrict' means to confine or limit. Knowing this definition points us to the word 'limited' as a synonym for 'restricted'.
3.
Determine which word is the synonym for the CAPITALIZED word.
The NOXIOUS fumes from the broken sewer line made me sick.
improbable
evil
harmful
unfair
'Noxious' means hurtful and harmful. Knowing this we quickly see that its synonym is 'harmful'.
4.
Determine which word is the synonym for the CAPITALIZED word.
He was filled with FASCINATION.
ratification
vendetta
reversal
captivation
'Fascination' means to be filled with complete interest or curiosity. Knowing this definition points us to the word 'captivation' which refers to holding one’s complete attention.
5.
Determine which word is the synonym for the CAPITALIZED word.
I was filled with ANGER all day.
tolerance
agony
love
hope
'Anger' means rage, wrath or antagonism. 'Agony' means mental pain or suffering. It is similar to anger. Therefore, it is a good synonym to 'anger'.
6.
Determine which word is the synonym for the CAPITALIZED word.
Do not CONTRADICT everything I say.
admit
unite
woo
belie
'Contradict' in this sentence means to dispute. Looking at the list, we can quickly eliminate 'admit', 'unite' and 'woo' as none of them mean to dispute. Therefore, 'belie' is the synonym we are looking for. It means to give a false or wrong impression.
7.
Determine which word is the synonym for the CAPITALIZED word.
Dad looked very SOPHISTICATED in his tuxedo.
cold
incoherent
inept
urbane
'Sophisticated' in this sentence means wise and pleasing to the eyes. 'Cold' is not pleasing. 'Incoherent' means not clear. 'Inept' means not experienced. 'Urbane' means elegant and filled with sophistication. This tells us that 'urbane' is the synonym we need.
8.
Determine which word is the synonym for the CAPITALIZED word.
The teacher was very EMPHATIC with her instructions.
tortuous
electrifying
forceful
explosive
'Emphatic' means sharp or forceful. Knowing this we quickly see that its synonym is 'forceful'.
9.
Determine which word is the synonym for the CAPITALIZED word.
He signed the contract with his own free VOLITION.
will
graft
feather
earning
'Volition' means to do willingly without force. Knowing this we quickly see that its synonym is 'will'.
10.
Determine which word is the synonym for the CAPITALIZED word.
What was the RESULT of the basketball game?
outcome
turbulence
consideration
hallmark
'Result' means the consequence or outcome. Knowing this definition quickly points us to the word 'outcome' as being the perfect synonym.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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