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GRAMMAR TIP:What Are Opposites?
In lexical semantics, opposites are words that lie in an inherently incompatible binary relationship as in the opposite pairs male : female, long : short, up : down, and precede : follow. The notion of incompatibility here refers to the fact that one word in an opposite pair entails that it is not the other pair member. For example, something that is long entails that it is not short. It is referred to as a 'binary' relationship because there are two members in a set of opposites. The relationship between opposites is known as opposition. The term antonym (and the related antonymy) has also been commonly used as a term that is synonymous with opposite; however, the term also has other more restricted meanings. One usage has antonym referring to both gradable opposites, such as long : short, and (non-gradable) complementary opposites, such as male : female, while opposites of the types up : down and precede : follow are excluded from the definition.
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This is a fun opposites worksheet for young students
; it includes a couple matching exercises and a word search. Once you download the worksheet, choose whether to print the color or black and white version. It is up to you. If there are other words you want students to practice just adapt the activities to suit your needs. Teaching students certain adjectives, such as tall and short, in pairs makes it easier for students to remember vocabulary words and to comprehend their meanings. There are many other worksheets that you might want to consider using so take your time reading about and viewing the different available options. For more general adjectives worksheets or comprehensive review activities, click on the main adjectives section.
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This PowerPoint contains the opposite concepts big, little, long, and short. It includes different pictures to convey the meaning. It is appropriate for both complete beginner and elementary level ...
This is an intermediate level (esl) worksheet of some common word opposites. This includes prepositions, adjectives, nouns, etc. This is the teacher's copy. I use these worksheets as filler mat ...
This is an intermediate level (esl) worksheet of some common word opposites. This includes prepositions, adjectives, nouns, etc. This is the student's copy. I use these worksheets as filler mat ...
Ted Video Activity. 2-minute video titled Weird, or just different? Teach sayings and more. Pre-watching, vocabulary builder and after watch activity. Great for pre-intermediate to intermediate st ...
Students fill out the table of simple opposites, then find all of the words in the wordsearch. Alternitavely, they can work on both the table and the wordsearch at the same time, finding words and ...
This song is great to work with antonyms/opposites. In this file you'll find the song worksheet and an activity about opposites. In the first page you'll find the words hot/cold, yes/no, in/out, u ...
The song worksheet aimed at intermediate students to practice phrasal verbs, opposites and verb tenses. Usually, for every exercise we listen to the song once. The first exercise is designed as a ...
This activity is suitable to intermediate and advanced students in practicing how to persuade and/ or dissuade the other person. It is better done as a role playing activity. This will motivate ...
A starter level worsheet for practicing the phrase "this is" and the opposites "big and small" in positive and negative sentences. It can be mostly used for reading. It has illustrations and short ...
This is a very simple cut and paste activity for young learners to highlight the meaning of big, bigger, biggest and small, smaller, smallest (or just big and small depending on their level). Have ...
The lesson includes text comprehension: true / false sentences and questions on the text; describing people, parts of the body, present simple / present continuous; adjective degrees, opposites. A ...
It is easy for kids to remember opposite words. There are opposites of adjectives and nouns. Please try to use it with 7 year -old- kids. They will love it. Enjoy!
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This English resource is a great activity for practicing opposites. Students read the poem 'I Lost My Head' and fill in the gaps with the opposite of the word in brackets. There are twelve opposit ...
This colourful worksheet is a gap-fill that helps young learners think about pairs of animals and the adjectives that describe them. The pairs of adjectives are opposites. The animal words and opp ...
This is meant to be for the 3rd graders. The idea is first to recognize the pairs of opposite adjectives in a puzzle and write them correctly and then recognize a picture with the adjective. This ...
It can be used as a warm-up activity to revise the animals or as a revision of different adjectives. There are exercises like unscrambling, finding opposites for practicing the vocabulary. You can ...
This is a worksheet for teaching opposites at elementary level.There's a picture dictionary followed by an activity in which students are asked to write the opposites of the adjectives given.The w ...
It's for kids and you can use it by accompanying with related song (from Super Simple Songs). You can easily teach some basic adjectives with their opposites. While listening to the song, the pupi ...
This is a very easy listening activity for beginners and elementary learners. The song Hot and Cold (Katy Perry) contains opposite adjectives with which students complete the empty spaces in the ...
It's a lesson plan for elementary students to teach them how wild animals moms take care and protect their kids! You can use this lesson plan to teach your students that animals are also somewhere ...
An easy way to practice speaking by singing a famous song of the movie 'Shrek': your students will enjoy this song and they can discriminate the words. Also you can use the video as it's very funn ...
Ice-breaker. With the use of superlatives and antonyms, students can work in small group to get to know more about their classmates. This activity works best with small groups of about three to ...
This is a test for the fourth graders, the students who have learnt English for four years in an elementary school. It consists of grammar exercises: pronouns, matching activities, opposites, voca ...
As I promised, I'm attaching now the flashcards which can be helpful during the lesson focused on the traits of character. It contains colourful funny pictures that can make your lesson more inter ...
Hello ! I would like to present you my new powerpoint presentation. It can help you to teach describing character by the technique of opposites. It contains many funny colourful pictures and can e ...
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