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Understand Synonyms

In this worksheet, students will practise identifying and choosing synonyms.

'Understand Synonyms' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar and Vocabulary Awareness

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Worksheet Overview

A synonym is a word that means the same (or almost the same) thing as another word.


For example:

Small and little are synonyms.




Fast and quick are synonyms.


fast car



Run and sprint are synonyms.


boy running


Using synonyms can help you to avoid repeating words in your work and make your writing more interesting. It can also help you be super specific in what you are describing, which helps the reader understand what is going on much more easily!


 A really useful tool to have as a writer is a thesaurus. This looks a bit like a dictionary but instead of giving definitions, it includes synonyms and similar words.


 a thesaurus



In this activity, you will get loads of practice at identifying synonyms, so let's get started.

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