Do synonyms have a greater impact on our understanding of English than literal translations?
Synonyms are words that have similar definitions. They help expand your vocabulary and make your writing more interesting. Examples include: happy - joyful, big - large, expensive - costly
Synonyms: Different Words with the Same Meaning
Synonym: two or more words having the same meaning. Example: big and large are synonyms. Antonym: two or more words having opposite meanings. Example: hot and cold are antonyms. Homophone: two or more words that sound the same but have different meanings. Example: flour and flower are homophones.
The longest English word with only one vowel is 'strengths' The average English speaker has a vocabulary of around 20,000 words, but only knows around 6,000 synonyms The word 'synonym' comes from two Greek words 'syn' (meaning 'with') and 'onym' (meaning 'name')
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What other synonyms do you know for the word 'happy'?
How can you use synonyms to make your writing more interesting?
Think of a sentence or phrase that uses the word 'elated' and explain how it could fit into a story.
What other words could you use to describe the word 'euphoric'?
Brain break: Draw a house floating on a cloud instead of being on top of the ground.
Question: What are the synonyms for the word 'happy'? Clues: • Think of other words that have a similar meaning to 'happy'. • Look up synonyms in a thesaurus or dictionary. • Think of words that have a positive connotation. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Write down 5 synonyms for 'happy'. B. Create a drawing that illustrates the different synonyms for 'happy'.
Work together in pairs: What is the synonym for the word "lovely"?
Exit ticket: What did you think of today's lesson?