Volume 4, Number 8, October 26, 1998
Using a Thesaurus
Synonyms are words that mean the same thing or have very similar meanings. Sometimes a word can be replaced with a synonym that sounds better in a particular context.
OK: The two candidates stood on stage and argued the issues.
Better: The two candidates stood on stage and debated the issues.
The words argued and debated are synonyms, but debated is more appropriate in the sentences context.
A thesaurus can help you find synonyms. Use a thesaurus to decide which word should replace the underlined synonym in each sentence.
1. It took Tammy quite a while to retrieve her confidence after she fell off the horse.
2. Richard is too ethical to commit such a sin.
3. She is using all those jewels to make a very fancy dress.
4. After eating nothing for 30 hours, the hungry hiker ate three large pizzas.
5. Scratching the ticket will show the possible prize.
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