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Identify Complex Connections Between Known Words

In this worksheet, students will identify a pair of synonyms, one from each set of brackets.

'Identify Complex Connections Between Known Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Synonyms

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

You may have already looked at antonyms (words meaning the opposite to each other) but now here’s a challenge about synonyms.

Can you help us out with these, word detective?
 

 

What do you notice about the words below?

irate        annoyed        furious

 

They all mean the same thing…angry!

Angry girl

 

These words are called synonyms.

Synonyms are words that mean the same or have a very similar meaning to other words.

We could also use the following words as synonyms for angry: exasperated, vexed and cross.

 

 

Which of the following are synonyms for sad?

forlorn        tired        melancholy        depressed        gleeful        glum

 

Forlorn, melancholy, depressed and glum are all synonyms for sad as they mean the same or a similar thing.

 

A thesaurus is a great resource to use to look up synonyms for words.


 

Let’s try another:

We need to select a word from the left set of brackets that is a synonym for a word in the right set of brackets.

There is only one possible pair.

(absurd, cowardly, insane)    (forlorn, ridiculous, performer)

 

The answers are absurd and ridiculous, as they both mean silly and unbelievable.


 

Try this one too:

(valuable broken memorable)    (faulty disregarded unnecessary)

 

The answers are broken and faulty as they both mean something doesn't work and is defective.

 

 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

The first letter of the word synonym is the same as the first letter for similar.  

It’s a clever trick to remember what synonym means.

 

 

If you come across any new words in this activity, make a note of them so that you can use them in your writing.

notepad and pen

 

It’s now your turn to identify synonyms.  

Good luck!

Here we go, word detective!

 

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

(Hoist, Halt, Hoax) (Raid, Raise, Range)

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

(Quarrel, Quaver, Queasy) (Nauseous, Naughty, Nautical)

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

(Untrue, Unjust, Unfair) (Fixate, Fickle, Fictitious)

Type the two words which are synonyms in the box below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

Be sure to type the words in the same order in which they appear to ensure you are marked correctly.

 

(Game  Competition  Match)    (Lose  Equal  Win)  

 

(Untrue, Unjust, Unfair) (Fixate, Fickle, Fictitious)

Type the two words which are synonyms in the box below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

Be sure to type the words in the same order in which they appear to ensure you are marked correctly.

 

(Information  Infer  Informal)    (Formal  Casual  Professional) 

 

(Untrue, Unjust, Unfair) (Fixate, Fickle, Fictitious)

Type the two words which are synonyms in the box below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

Be sure to type the words in the same order in which they appear to ensure you are marked correctly.

 

(Recognise  Search  Lose)    (Find  Check  Identify) 

 

(Untrue, Unjust, Unfair) (Fixate, Fickle, Fictitious)

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

Interrupt

International

Intense

Intelligent

Interest

Intervene

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

Regular

Normal

Abnormal

Habitual

Rare

Impossible

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

(Concise, Constant, Conscious) (Await, Awkward, Aware)

Last question, word detective!

 

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

Depart

Duration

Time

Timer

Arrive

Late

  • Question 1

Here we go, word detective!

 

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
(Hoist, Halt, Hoax) (Raid, Raise, Range)
EDDIE SAYS
Think carefully about which words you definitely know the meanings of, and use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words. This is what the best word detectives do.
Sometimes people lift something using ropes or a pulley and this is known as hoisting something. As you are lifting it, you are raising it, so this gives us our synonym pair.
  • Question 2

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
(Quarrel, Quaver, Queasy) (Nauseous, Naughty, Nautical)
EDDIE SAYS
Again, use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words. Have you ever said that you are feeling queasy if you are feeling sick? That feeling of sickness is called nausea, so we can also say that we are feeling nauseous.
You might have linked quarrel to being naughty, but having a disagreement does not always make you naughty!
  • Question 3

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
(Untrue, Unjust, Unfair) (Fixate, Fickle, Fictitious)
EDDIE SAYS
Again, word detective, use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words. Be careful! Unjust and unfair are synonyms but we can't choose them because they are in the same pair of brackets!
Do you read fiction books? These are stories which are not based on real life, so they are not true. Therefore, untrue and fictitious are synonyms.
  • Question 4

Type the two words which are synonyms in the box below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

Be sure to type the words in the same order in which they appear to ensure you are marked correctly.

 

(Game  Competition  Match)    (Lose  Equal  Win)  

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? This question is trying to mislead you into thinking about a sports match. However, it is more about something being the same. If you have 'met your match' you have met your equal.
  • Question 5

Type the two words which are synonyms in the box below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

Be sure to type the words in the same order in which they appear to ensure you are marked correctly.

 

(Information  Infer  Informal)    (Formal  Casual  Professional) 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? There are some antonyms to watch out for in the second brackets! These probably help you to work out that the word we need from the first set of brackets is informal. Which word could you use in place of informal, for example if you are doing informal writing or dressed informally - it would be casual.
  • Question 6

Type the two words which are synonyms in the box below.

 

You may only select one word from each pair of brackets.

 

Be sure to type the words in the same order in which they appear to ensure you are marked correctly.

 

(Recognise  Search  Lose)    (Find  Check  Identify) 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? There is an antonym pair hiding in the brackets this time (search and find) so don't forget this is a synonym activity!
If you recognise an object or a person, you can identify it. You may also use identify to compare your feelings to someone else's if you can recognise the emotions they are feeling as being similar to yours.
  • Question 7

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
Interrupt
Intervene
EDDIE SAYS
These words all look similar and some share the same prefix inter, which means between. It is two of these words that share the same meaning so we need to choose from interrupt, international and intervene.
Now we know what inter means, we know international means between countries. Interrupt means to come between two people in a conversation and similarly, intervene means to come in between two people, maybe if they are in an argument. So which are the two words with the closest meaning? It is interrupt and intervene.
  • Question 8

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
Regular
Habitual
EDDIE SAYS
There is a pair of antonyms here (normal and abnormal) so we need to make sure that we remember this is a synonym activity.
Habits are things we do regularly, so this is the synonym pair. We shouldn't think of habits being normal - because some people have very strange habits! Do you? These can be very common, so again we can't think of using rare as a synonym. And finally, they must be possible, otherwise we wouldn't do them!
  • Question 9

Choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
(Concise, Constant, Conscious) (Await, Awkward, Aware)
EDDIE SAYS
Think carefully about which words you definitely know the meanings of, and use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words.
Consciousness is to do with being awake - once you know that, there should only be one option from the second set of brackets which is a synonym - if you are awake then you are aware of what is going on.
  • Question 10

Last question, word detective!

 

Tick the two words from the six options which are synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
Duration
Time
EDDIE SAYS
These words all link to time, and it is a synonym for time that we are looking for.
Think of a train journey - the train departs, it arrives and it could be late, but none of these words could actually be swapped with the word time.
A timer is used to measure time, but the true synonym is duration. The time of the journey is the duration of the journey.
Great detective work!
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