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Identify Linked Words with a Common Context

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

'Identify Linked Words with a Common Context' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Synonyms

Difficulty level:  

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?

portion        share        segment

 

They all mean the same thing…part!

cake in slices

 

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 part: section, share, serving.

 

Which of the following are synonyms for thankful?

grateful        thankless        appreciative        overjoyed        insightful

 

Grateful and appreciative are both synonyms for thankful 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.

(unaffected, ineffective, poignant)    (pursue, emotional, memorable)

 

The answers are poignant and emotional, as they both mean that they move someone emotionally.

 

Try this one too:

(communicate widespread encourage)    (dismiss personal broadcast)

 

The answers are communicate and broadcast as they both mean to spread information about something.

 

 

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!

 

Ready for action, word detective!!

 

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

(Mould, Mouldy, Moult) (Clean, Fluffy, Shape)

Ready for another, word detective?

 

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

(Legible, Legendary, Legitimate) (Reader, Dictionary, Readable)

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

(Frequent, Rare, Infinite) (Recurring, Cooked, Limited)

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

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

You need to write the words in the same order as they appear to be marked correctly. 

 

(Pollen  Perfume  Stencil)    (Stench  Fragrance  Floral)  

(Frequent, Rare, Infinite) (Recurring, Cooked, Limited)

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

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

You need to write the words in the same order that they appear to be marked correctly. 

 

(Hyperbole  Hypocrite  Hypothesis)   

(Understated  Theory  Reliable)  

(Frequent, Rare, Infinite) (Recurring, Cooked, Limited)

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 be marked correctly.

 

(Genuine  General  Generate)    (Synced  Sincere  Sinister)  

(Frequent, Rare, Infinite) (Recurring, Cooked, Limited)

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

Brief

Regular

Eerie

Uncanny

Constant

Uncertain

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

Fail

Achieve

Endeavour

Accomplish

Final

Victorious

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

(Amiable, Ample, Amble) (Enough, Another, Altogether)

Last question already!

 

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

Repetitive

Anomaly

Pattern

Mixture

Average

Norm

  • Question 1

Ready for action, word detective!!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Mould, Mouldy, Moult) (Clean, Fluffy, Shape)
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. Remember that a thesaurus and a dictionary are the word detective's most useful tools!
The key here is to know that mould is a homonym - it has two meanings, so we need to think about context. If you are moulding clay, it means you are shaping it, so here this is the definition we want. It's nothing to do with the type of mould that grows in damp places!
  • Question 2

Ready for another, word detective?

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Legible, Legendary, Legitimate) (Reader, Dictionary, Readable)
EDDIE SAYS
Again, use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words.
The second set of brackets tell us we must be looking for a word that is something to do with reading. Your teacher might have told you before that you need to make sure that your writing is legible. This means neat writing that is easy to read - it is readable!
  • Question 3

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Frequent, Rare, Infinite) (Recurring, Cooked, Limited)
EDDIE SAYS
Again, use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words.
You are actually looking at a couple of antonym pairs here - rare is the opposite to cooked meat, and infinite means never-ending, which is the opposite to limited.
This leaves us with something that happens frequently - recurring, which means it occurs again and again.
  • Question 4

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

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

You need to write the words in the same order as they appear to be marked correctly. 

 

(Pollen  Perfume  Stencil)    (Stench  Fragrance  Floral)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words int he correct order? This question is trying to mislead you into thinking about flowers! Just remember, you would never describe a floral dress as a 'pollen' dress so even though these relate to flowers, they are not synonyms.
If you have seen perfume adverts, then you might have noticed that they are sometimes called fragrances - both refer to pleasant and attractive smells.
  • Question 5

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

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

You need to write the words in the same order that they appear to be marked correctly. 

 

(Hyperbole  Hypocrite  Hypothesis)   

(Understated  Theory  Reliable)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order that they appear in? Some very hard words here, word detective, but they have very different meanings, so this relies on you being able to understand the words in the first set of brackets - make sure you look them up if you need to!
You may have written hypotheses in science - these are the theories you come up with and test when you carry out an experiment!
  • 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 be marked correctly.

 

(Genuine  General  Generate)    (Synced  Sincere  Sinister)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appear? The words in the brackets all look very similar to each other, so take your time to think about their definitions. Remember to use your dictionary if you need to!
Think about what it means if someone is sincerely sorry for something - this means they are genuinely sorry. This gives us our synonym pair!
  • Question 7

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Eerie
Uncanny
EDDIE SAYS
Where have you seen the word eerie? Normally in a spooky story or to describe a creepy setting. None of these words mean exactly scary, so we need to consider which is the closest to this meaning.
We often think of a spooky situation as being unusual or strange, and this is exactly what uncanny means.
  • Question 8

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Achieve
Accomplish
EDDIE SAYS
There is a pair of antonyms here (fail and achieve) so we need to make sure that we remember this is a synonym activity.
Final has been put there to test whether you have any understanding of the word endeavour - the fact it starts with end could have tricked you!
You might think that if you achieve something you are victorious, but remember it's perfectly possible to achieve things without needing to be the winner at anything!
This leaves us with achieve and accomplish - an achievement can also be called an accomplishment.
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Amiable, Ample, Amble) (Enough, Another, Altogether)
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. There are a lot of words which look similar to each other again, so you need to use your detecting skills.
Only our synonym pair is close in meaning here, the others do not relate at all. Have you ever heard anyone comment that they have 'ample' of something? They are saying they have as much as they need, or in other words, they have enough.
  • Question 10

Last question already!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Average
Norm
EDDIE SAYS
These words could be linked to analysing results of an investigation. Anything that is happening over and over again would be repetitive, a result that didn't fit in with the rest would be an anomaly and results that fit well together create a pattern. It's also possible to get a mixture of results.
None of these so far are synonyms, which leaves us with average and norm as our matching pair - something that is the average is the normal and most-expected result.
Great work, word detective!
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