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.
Welcome to Busy Teacher! On this page you will find 80 worksheets on opposites which is a subsection of the adjectives category. Lets take a look at an example of what you might find here. 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.