Rules for Solving Antonyms
Take note of positively and negatively charged answer choices. It is possible to associate a negative or positive charge with almost any given word.
Try to discern whether each word in the following list has a –
- positive (+)
- negative (-), or
- neutral (=) charge.
Choose the best synonym/antonym.
Rules for Antonyms
- The term antonym means a phrase or word which means just the opposite to the given the word or phrase in the same language.
- According to linguistic studies, most of the English words are derived from the Latin and the Greek language.
- Each English word contains a root or a suffix or prefix, so all we have to do is to find that root, analyze whether it is of Greek or a Latin origin and then derive the meaning out of the word.
- And finally, find out the word which means exactly the opposite of that word.
A variety of Antonym questions can be asked in the competitive exams.
However, they have been categorized into three parts, for a better understanding of the students.
Each of which is mentioned below:
Types of Antonyms:
- Gradable Antonyms: Both the words lie in a continuous spectrum. eg: hard and soft.
- Complementary Antonyms: Over here, both the words do not lie in a continuous spectrum. eg: push and pull
- Relational Antonyms: Few kinds of antonyms are the ones, who make sense only when they are read together. eg: teacher and pupil
For a detailed understanding, all the above types are better explained in the tips and tricks sections, along with a supporting example.
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