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Use Accurate and Interesting Vocabulary

In this worksheet, students replace common vocabulary choices with more accurate and interesting expressions, so that they can use a wide range of vocabulary in their own writing.

'Use Accurate and Interesting Vocabulary' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:  Vocabulary Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we write it is easy to be lazy and put down the first word that comes into our head.

 

We had a nice time at the zoo.

The pizza was nice.

My little sister looked nice in her new dress.

 

The word nice has been used in all these sentences, but with a bit of thought it can be replaced by much more interesting words.

We had a fascinating time at the zoo.

The pizza was delicious.

My little sister looked pretty in her new dress.

 

In this worksheet you can practise choosing more interesting words to replace boring ones. You may need a dictionary if you don't know what some of the words mean.

All the sentences on the left hand side contain the word good. On the right hand side there are more interesting words that could be used instead. Match up the best word for each sentence.

Column A

Column B

The film was good.
tasty
The children were good.
sunny
The dinner was good.
interesting
The weather was good.
well-behaved

This time, match up the more interesting words that could be used instead of nice.

Column A

Column B

The party was nice.
delicious
My nanna is always nice to me.
fun
The cake was nice.
skilful
Ella is a nice piano player.
kind

Match up the more interesting words that could be used instead of bad.

 

(If you can't read the whole sentence on the right, hover your mouse over the box and the sentence will appear.)

Column A

Column B

Jonny had a bad toothache.
painful
Joe felt bad after he broke his mum's vase.
sorry
Olivia was sent to bed early because she was bad.
naughty
The bread was bad so we threw it away.
mouldy

Writing is more interesting if we choose more precise words.

 

Which word could be used instead of very tired in this sentence?

 

Harry was very tired after the football match.

happy

miserable

exhausted

naughty

Which word could be used instead of very cross in this sentence?

 

Dad was very cross when I broke the window.

delighted

excited

furious

miserable

Which word could be used instead of very happy in this sentence?

 

Jamila was very happy with her new puppy.

furious

miserable

delighted

attractive

Which word could be used instead of very big in this sentence?

 

We built a very big snowman in the front garden.

furious

miniature

enormous

delighted

Which word could be used instead of very small in this sentence?

 

A chihuahua is a very small dog.

enormous

tiny

happy

furious

Which word could be used instead of spoke very quickly in this sentence?

 

Josh always spoke very quickly when he was nervous.

whispered

shouted

gabbled

muttered

Which word could be used instead of shouted very loudly in this sentence?

 

Mr Jones shouted very loudly at the children.

grumbled

roared

gabbled

murmured

  • Question 1

All the sentences on the left hand side contain the word good. On the right hand side there are more interesting words that could be used instead. Match up the best word for each sentence.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

The film was good.
interesting
The children were good.
well-behaved
The dinner was good.
tasty
The weather was good.
sunny
  • Question 2

This time, match up the more interesting words that could be used instead of nice.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

The party was nice.
fun
My nanna is always nice to me.
kind
The cake was nice.
delicious
Ella is a nice piano player.
skilful
  • Question 3

Match up the more interesting words that could be used instead of bad.

 

(If you can't read the whole sentence on the right, hover your mouse over the box and the sentence will appear.)

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Jonny had a bad toothache.
painful
Joe felt bad after he broke his m...
sorry
Olivia was sent to bed early beca...
naughty
The bread was bad so we threw it ...
mouldy
  • Question 4

Writing is more interesting if we choose more precise words.

 

Which word could be used instead of very tired in this sentence?

 

Harry was very tired after the football match.

CORRECT ANSWER
exhausted
  • Question 5

Which word could be used instead of very cross in this sentence?

 

Dad was very cross when I broke the window.

CORRECT ANSWER
furious
  • Question 6

Which word could be used instead of very happy in this sentence?

 

Jamila was very happy with her new puppy.

CORRECT ANSWER
delighted
  • Question 7

Which word could be used instead of very big in this sentence?

 

We built a very big snowman in the front garden.

CORRECT ANSWER
enormous
  • Question 8

Which word could be used instead of very small in this sentence?

 

A chihuahua is a very small dog.

CORRECT ANSWER
tiny
  • Question 9

Which word could be used instead of spoke very quickly in this sentence?

 

Josh always spoke very quickly when he was nervous.

CORRECT ANSWER
gabbled
  • Question 10

Which word could be used instead of shouted very loudly in this sentence?

 

Mr Jones shouted very loudly at the children.

CORRECT ANSWER
roared
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