Synonyms are words that have the same meaning. Antonyms have the opposite meanings. Remember them this ways ‘synonym’ = ‘same’; ‘antonyms’=’anti-‘, ‘opposite’. There are synonyms for nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. Nouns and verbs don’t often have antonyms. Here are synonyms for common words.
synonyms: residence, home, domicile, abode
synonyms: dash, sprint, jog
synonyms: attractive, lovely, comely, beautiful
antonyms: unattractive, ugly, plain, homely
synonyms: tenderly, carefully, cautiously
antonyms: roughly, carelessly, thoughtlessly
Why do we need to know about antonyms and synonyms? Because they give our writing flair. Synonyms replace boring, overused words with clearer, more interesting words. They make it more exciting to read. Here are some examples of ways to add interest to sentences using synonyms.
After school, I was hungry and tired. I ate lunch, sat down on the couch and watched a boring television show. I was bored and called my friends to get together. We played baseball. I made a good hit well and ran fast, but the umpire said that I was out. I felt mad and sad. My friends said I did well, so I felt better. We ate ice cream. It ended up to be a pretty great day.
Improved with Synonyms:
After school, I was famished and exhausted. I devoured my lunch, sprawled on the couch and stared blindly at mundane television show. Feeling listless, I phoned some buddies. We played baseball. I smacked a stellar hit and sped quickly to first, but the umpire yelled that I was out. I felt furious and miserable. My pals congratulated me so I felt pleased. We enjoyed some ice cream. It resolved into a fabulous day.
When you choose synonyms, be sure that the meanings fit. Some synonyms are similar but may not be appropriate for the context. You can find thousands of synonyms in a a thesaurus. If the word has antonyms, the thesaurus will list those. A thesaurus is also called a synonym dictionary. Click here for an online thesaurus. For more writing and grammar tips, visit me here at www.thewritersgarden.blogspot.com and www.freelessonplans4u.blogspot.com