11 Plus Verbal Reasoning

Type D - Synonyms (similar meaning)

With this type of question you are given two groups, each group consists of three words. You are required to find two words which have a similar meaning - one from each group.

First, look at the first word in group 1 and compare it to the first word in group 2. Does it have a similar meaning? If so, you have found your two words straight away! (but continue to check the rest - just in case there is a better match). If the words do not have a similar meaning then compare word 1 of group 1 with word 2 of group 2 , then word 1 with word 3 of group 2. If none match then move onto word 2 of group 1 and compare it to the three words in group 2. If still no match then move on to compare word 3 of group 1 with the three words of group 3. This may seem a little long winded, but it ensures a logical progression - comparing every word to each other and with a little practice it can be completed fairly quickly.

Lets look at an example:

(Apple  Plate  Mustard)        (Grass  Dish  Chair)

1st - Does 'Apple' have a similar meaning to 'Grass'? x, 'Dish'? x, 'Chair'? x

2nd - Does 'Plate' have a similar meaning to 'Grass'? x, 'Dish'? , 'Chair'? x

3rd - Does 'Mustard' have a similar meaning to 'Grass'? x, 'Dish'? x, 'Chair'? x

So 'Plate' has a similar meaning to 'Dish', and there are no other matches

The answer is 'Plate' and 'Dish'


Verbal Reasoning Type D - 'Synonyms' practice

Verbal Reasoning Type D practice

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