March 2014 ~ Sánchez Benedito

March 2014 ~ Sánchez Benedito

March 2014 ~ Sánchez Benedito

We say that two or more words are synonyms when they have the same or nearly the same meaning, e.g. shut and close . However, there's seldom strict synonymy, but loose synonymy, so we'd better speak of near-synonyms. For reasons of economy, to have two or more words with exactly the same meaning is a luxury that languages ​​can not afford. The main reasons why it is difficult to find strict synonymy or one hundred percent synonyms are the following:

Differentation of meaning. To start, but to to die (probably of Scandinavian origin) began to be generally used the meaning of to starve was restricted to die of hunger ; originally, mutton from French mouton = sheep , but it came to mean the 'flesh of the animal' and for the animal 'sheep' was retained.

Many lexemes are synonymous in some contexts but not in others: close / shut : we can say close, the shop is closed ; find / discover : we found / discovered the children hiding in the shed, but Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin ; busy / occupied : I'm afraid Mr Smith is busy / occupied at the moment , but I'm afraid this seat is occupied ; <

p> Different collocations, however slight: answer and reply are synonymous in practically any context, but you can say, for instance, ", But can not substitute reply for answer in this case

The two synonyms belong to different dialects: lift (BrE.) / elevator (AmE.); likewise, pavement / sidewalk , biscuit / cookie , dustbin / trashcan , boot / trunk p>

March 2014 ~ Sánchez Benedito
March 2014 ~ Sánchez Benedito

> 9.- to intrigue

10.- to stammer

1.- very, extremely, terribly, frightfully, dreadfully

3. To mend, to fix (up)

5 - To bear, to suffer, to tolerate, to put up with. - enormous, immense, very big

7.- bad-tempered, sullen, sulky


10.- to stutter

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