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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?

painful        throbbing        tender

 

They all mean the same thing…sore!

girl with headache

 

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 sore: aching, bruised and smarting.

 

 

Which of the following are synonyms for place?

suburbs        location        position        centre        site

 

Location, position and site are all synonyms for place 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.

(poisonous, nutritious, taste)    (ingredients, nourishing, nutrients)

 

The answers are nutritious and nourishing as they both mean a food is healthy.

healthy lunchbox

 

 

Try this one:

(inquisitive, intuitive, insincere)    (curious, peculiar, crafty)

 

The answers are inquisitive and curious as they both mean someone is keen to discover new things. 

 

 

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!

Your first challenge, word detective, is to choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

(Naughty, Haughty, Anticlimax) (Hefty, Arrogant, Naive)

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

(Impressive, Impassive, Impolite) (Disarray, Discourteous, Distress)

How are you getting on with these, word detective?

 

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

(Hoax, Decadent, Mature) (Maternal, Deception, Hoard)

This time, you need to 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.

 

(Static  Pencil  Stencil)    (Legible  Stationary  Ecstatic)  

(Hoax, Decadent, Mature) (Maternal, Deception, Hoard)

Type the two words which are synonyms in the boxes 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.

 

(Gravity  Lunar  Force)    (Seriousness  Casual  Unruffled)  

(Hoax, Decadent, Mature) (Maternal, Deception, Hoard)

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.

 

(Brief, Extensive, Complicated)    (Concise, Simple, Clarify)  

(Hoax, Decadent, Mature) (Maternal, Deception, Hoard)

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

Control

Consume

Conserve

Neglect

Reject

Devour

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

Confidential

Confidence

Confide

Secret

Security

Sector

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

(Jury, Witness, Law) (Replica, Regulation, Reporter)

Last challenge for now, word detective.

 

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

Yearn

Fiend

Harvest

Yield

Harness

Companion

  • Question 1

Your first challenge, word detective, is to choose one word from each set of brackets to give you a pair of synonyms.

CORRECT ANSWER
(Naughty, Haughty, Anticlimax) (Hefty, Arrogant, Naive)
EDDIE SAYS
Look for any words you definitely know the meaning of and discount them first here - this would probably be naughty and hefty.
With the words you have left, you hopefully can make the link between someone who is haughty, thinking they are better than other people and looking down on them - which we would describe as being arrogant.
  • Question 2

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Impressive, Impassive, Impolite) (Disarray, Discourteous, Distress)
EDDIE SAYS
Again word detective, use a dictionary to help you if any of these are new words.
Try to ignore the prefixes here to see if there are any root words you can recognise. If you are courteous, you are polite (I always remember this by thinking of a curtsy as showing good manners!). Therefore, impolite and discourteous are both ways of saying someone has bad manners.
  • Question 3

How are you getting on with these, word detective?

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Hoax, Decadent, Mature) (Maternal, Deception, Hoard)
EDDIE SAYS
Work through each definition carefully here. You might recognise the word hoax if you have completed an earlier activity in this group. It means to trick someone - and another way of saying that is you deceive someone. It is deception.
Were you deceived by this one, word detective?!
  • Question 4

This time, you need to 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.

 

(Static  Pencil  Stencil)    (Legible  Stationary  Ecstatic)  

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 stationery and writing - this really becomes a test of how accurate your spelling is!
Stationary, spelled with an a, means that you are still. Stationary traffic for example is static - it's not moving anywhere! Use this example of traffic to help you remember the spelling of this word - stationary has '-ar' in it, just like 'car'! We hope that helps as a simple trick for your memory, word detective!
  • Question 5

Type the two words which are synonyms in the boxes 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.

 

(Gravity  Lunar  Force)    (Seriousness  Casual  Unruffled)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? The first set of brackets make you think you are looking for a word to do with science don't they? When you look at the second group of words, you realise you are looking for an alternative meaning.
What does it mean if someone is looking grave? It means they are serious - so the gravity of a situation is the seriousness of it!
  • 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.

 

(Brief, Extensive, Complicated)    (Concise, Simple, Clarify)  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to type the words in the same order in which they appeared in the question? Watch out here, word detective - there are two traps you could fall into! Firstly, you have an antonym pair here (complicated and simple) which could trip you up. Secondly, the incorrect answers in each bracket could be used as synonyms, but remember you must take one word from each set of brackets!
So what is the correct answer? When you want someone to get straight to the point, you want them to be brief and concise.
  • Question 7

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Consume
Devour
EDDIE SAYS
Watch out for the antonym pair which is hiding in there, word detective - conserve and neglect!
The word devour instantly makes me think of food - you tend to devour your favourite foods! Another word for eating is consume, which gives you your synonym pair.
  • Question 8

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Confidential
Secret
EDDIE SAYS
The similarity of the appearance of these words can make this a little trickier, so watch out word detective. Make sure you understand each of the words beginning with 's' first, because these are slightly simpler.
You might confide in someone by telling them a secret but these two words are not synonyms because one is a verb and the other is a noun. Something that is confidential is something that cannot be shared with someone else - the word that you usually use for something like that is a secret. Therefore, the synonyms are secret and confidential - which is a more formal way of talking about something private.
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
(Jury, Witness, Law) (Replica, Regulation, Reporter)
EDDIE SAYS
Your mind probably jumped straight to a courtroom after reading the first set of brackets! There is nothing to match with jury and witness in the second set of brackets so we need to look at law.
A law is a rule we must follow - therefore it doesn't make sense for it to match with replica or reporter, so even if regulation is a new word for you, this should be your most sensible choice!
  • Question 10

Last challenge for now, word detective.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Harvest
Yield
EDDIE SAYS
Be careful of fiend and companion here! There is no r in fiend - it doesn't mean friend! It actually means the opposite - look it up if it's a new word for you.
When a farmer collects the crops from their field, this is their harvest, or their yield.
Great work with all those tricky words, word detective!
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