Oct 09

Freddy: Dad, what’s the opposite of “tiny”?
Dad: Hmm, how about “huge”?
Freddy: What about “love”?
Dad: Well, some say “hate”, but others say “apathy”.

The opposite of a word is another word that is as different from it as possible on some scale (that is, “elephant” is not the opposite of “cantaloupe”, because although they are very different, there is no connection). Opposites are useful in language learning when you know one of the pair but not the other. For example, if you forgot the word “easy”, you could ask, “What is the opposite of ‘difficult’?”



Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

preload preload preload