Grammar Aquarium

Finley

Synonyms and Antonyms

Finley

Synonyms are words that have similar meanings.

For example,

  • big and large
  • talk and speak
  • small and tiny

Two words that have opposite meanings are antonyms.

For example,

  • fat and thin
  • helpful and unhelpful
  • decent and indecent

Ray
Finley

We can create antonyms by adding prefixes like ‘un’ or ‘in’.

Remember, synonyms aren’t always interchangeable, so make sure you fully understand the meanings.

Ray

Your Turn…

1. What is a synonym?
Words that have the same ending
Words that have similar meanings
Words that have opposite meanings

2. What is an antonym?
Words that have the same ending
Words that have similar meanings
Words that have opposite meanings

3. Why is it important to use the correct synonym?
Because you might get into trouble
Because synonyms aren’t always interchangeable
Because it’s really, really important

4. Which of the following are synonyms?
Big and small
Big and large
Big and fast

5. Which of the following are antonyms?
Small and tiny
Loud and noisy
Fat and thin

Score =
Correct answers:

Finley

Got them all right? Click the button for your certificate.

No cheating, or Finley will eat you!

Site Information

The Grammar Aquarium and all of its characters are the intellectual property of PODCASTREVISION LTD (owner of The Punctuation Show)
Director: Barrie McDermid
Company number - 06990962
VAT Reg - 978 170187
Public Liability Insurance cover for £1,000,000

The purpose of this site is to offer a fun insight into the grammatical terms required for the KS2 GPS tests taken in year 6, but the different pages should prove useful to anyone wishing to consolidate their grammatical knowledge.


Get More Grammar Aquarium…

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get a free ePub Grammar Aquarium Comic every Thursday, or buy the collection of 52 comic in PDF format by clicking here

Teachers' Mailing list:

By signing up to The Punctuation Show newsletter, you get free resources in your inbox regularly to save your precious time. What's not to like?