Tips And Tricks And Shortcuts To Solve Synonyms

Synonyms Tips and Tricks and Shortcuts

Synonyms Tips and Tricks and Shortcuts

  • Synonym means, any word or phrase having the same meaning as another word of the same language.
  • Since there is no specific trick to solve synonym questions, only reading more and more books, with interest to learn new words and extracting the meaning out of them, can improve one’s vocabulary.
  1. Prefixes like – im, dis, mis, de, un, in will help.
  2. If one does not know the exact meaning of the word, try understanding it in the context of the paragraph.
  3. In case the meaning of the word is not clear, going through all the available options can certainly be considered as a good idea. By doing so, one can start getting idea about the given question & start negating the available options one after the other.

Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes

Arium/ary : place

  1. Aquarium – place to live fish
  2. Sanatorium – hospital for chronically ill
  3. Library – place for storing books
  4. Apiary – Where bees are kept

Eu : good

  1. Euphony – Sweet sounding make clear
  2. Eulogy – speech/writing in praise of
  3. Euphoria – Sense of well being

Synonyms Tips and Tricks and Shortcuts

Synonym means, any word or phrase having the same meaning as another word of the same language.

Since there is no specific trick to solve synonym questions, only reading more and more books, with interest to learn new words and extracting the meaning out of them, can improve one’s vocabulary.

Simple tips to solve synonym problems:

Below mentioned are some tips to solve synonym questions, being asked in most of the competitive exams:

  • Firstly bifurcate the word into two parts (suffix or prefix), and try to sense the meaning of the word, and figure out whether it has a negative or a positive or a neutral connotation.
  • Sort out the words from the options that have a negative impact and those which have a positive effect.
  • If we’re asked to find the meaning of a positive word, then it would be easier to relate that word with the positive word from the options.
  • Now even if we don’t know the meaning of any word from the option, we can narrow down the choices to almost half.
  • This tip is very beneficial in case of questions having several words whose meaning we do not know.

Question 1. 

Find the word similar to the meaning of the word

Benevolent:

A.  Greedy
B.  Spiteful
C.  Benign
D.  Malevolent

Correct option: C

Explanation:

Firstly bifurcate the word into two parts (suffix or prefix), and try to sense the meaning of the word, and figure out whether it has a negative or a positive or a neutral connotation.

Now in the above example, ben is the prefix which carries a definite meaning, now we have to sort out the words from the options that have a negative impact

Like Greedy is a negative word which means selfish, spiteful also is a negative word which implies evil, and malevolent means a wicked person.

So, by looking at the options, we can make out that 3 out of 4 carry a negative meaning.

However, Benign is the only positive word, and since benevolent is also positive, which makes it evident that it is the single word which carries the same meaning to the word benevolent.

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