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Identify the Antonym Pair

In this worksheet, students will identify an antonym from a list and select pairs of antonyms from two sets of brackets.

'Identify the Antonym Pair' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Antonyms

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Worksheet Overview

Welcome word detective, we’ve got a puzzle for you to solve. Are you ready for the challenge?


How are the two words below related?

Cautious           Careless


rabbit and puppy


They mean the opposite of each other. Words that mean the opposite of each other are called antonyms.

Which of the words below is an antonym for fertile?

Dense          Fresh           Barren


The correct answer is barren.

Fertile soil can produce a lot of crops, whereas barren soil cannot produce many crops.

Therefore, these words are antonyms and have the opposite meaning.




In this question, we need to select a word from the left set of brackets which is an antonym for one word in the right set of brackets. Remember, there is only one possible pair.

(Idle, Miserable, Insane)      (Delighted, Glum, Fertile)

The antonyms are miserable and delighted as they have the opposite meaning.

Good luck identifying antonyms and remember to make a note of any new words you come across.


This will help to broaden your vocabulary and impress those around you with your word knowledge!

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Here's a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:            

Remember you're looking for a word with the opposite meaning.


Now it’s time for you to find some antonyms!

Good luck.

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