Antonyms

Each time you learn a new English word, try to find out its antonyms. This is a good way to improve your vocabulary.

Learning words with opposite meanings (antonyms) can help students develop vocabulary as they make new connections between words.

Antonyms of some words can sometimes be formed with the prefixes un- or non-, with varying degrees of naturalness.

A gradable antonym is one of a pair of words with opposite meanings where the two meanings lie on a continuous spectrum. For Example: heavy : light, fat : skinny, dark : light

A complementary antonym is one of a pair of words with opposite meanings, where the two meanings do not lie on a continuous spectrum. For Example: exit : entrance, exhale : inhale, occupied : vacant

A relational antonym is one of a pair of words with opposite meanings, where opposite makes sense only in the context of the relationship between the two meanings.

For Example: servant : master, come : go, parent : child

Antonyms help in improving writing and vocabulary skills. They play an important role in literature and linguistics as they help in understanding and recognizing the literature devices used by the author in his/ her writing. They also improve one’s writing skills.

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