Synonyms

In English language, a synonym is a word that has similar meaning or almost the same meaning to another word. Learning how to use synonyms is one of the best ways to enhance one’s vocabulary. It is important to understand synonyms because they help in avoiding redundancy when writing. Also, they help one to further expand on their thought that they are trying to express.

Synonyms are necessary to keep us from getting bored, as they bring variety to one’s writing and help in preventing the overuse of common words. However, when selecting a synonym, it is important to consider all possible meanings of the word, as some words that have more than one meaning can inadvertently bring an unintended tone into a piece of writing. This means that, for instance, if one is describing someone or somebody’s appearance (she can be beautiful, attractive, stunning, lovely, gorgeous or elegant), they should choose a synonym that makes sense with the rest of the sentence. This would help in providing more clarity to the writing.

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