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English Basics
Volume 3, Number 20, February 8, 1999


Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms and Homographs


There is a pair of words underlined in each sentence. Tell whether the words are synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, or homographs. The first four are done for you.

1. I couldn’t bear to give my pet bear to a zoo! homographs
2. I hope the pharmacist brews up some good medicine to put on my bruise. homonyms
3. What makes you think that I can repair the broken bike that you couldn’t fix? synonyms
4. Sylvia’s fast new car beat my slow one in the race. antonyms
5. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I heard the news.
6. We planted a pair of pear trees in the yard.
7. If you think about cause and effect, you'll know what the result of your decision will be.
8. Aunt Evie hates hunting, so please hide that deer hide before she gets here.
9. I hired a fine lawyer to defend me, but he charged me more than the fine I would have had to pay.
10. Her knight in shining armor rides a horse that is as black as night.
11. The fire took seconds to destroy a painting that took weeks to create.
12. There’s a stiff penalty for breaking that law, and it’s a fair punishment.
13. He may be innocent of all the charges, but he acted like he was guilty when he ran away.
14. Irma thinks you are very well informed, but Shelly believes you don’t know what you're talking about.
15. The key to the new boat was dropped on the quay.
16. That beautiful pen (female swan) should not be imprisoned in a pen!
17. Kerry gave a triumphant shout to celebrate our team's victorious record.
18. An unknown poet wrote that famous verse.
19. Carlos refuses to buy any book written by that author.
20. Even in the bright light of day, the light plastic table looked identical to the heavy wooden one.

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