SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Timing, Speed, Movement, and Age

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Timing, Speed, Movement, And Age

A synonym of "stationary" is __________.

Possible Answers:

fast-moving

talkative

efficient

job-related

motionless

Correct answer:

motionless

Explanation:

"Stationary" is an adjective that means "not moving," so we need to pick out another adjective that means "not moving." While "fast-moving" also has to do with movement, it means the opposite of "not moving," so it can't be the correct answer. "Motionless," on the other hand, means "not moving," so "motionless" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Timing, Speed, Movement, And Age

A synonym of “final” is __________.

Possible Answers:

beginning

initial

nature

delicious

last

Correct answer:

last

Explanation:

“Final” is an adjective that can mean “coming at the end,” “reached as the outcome,” or “allowing no further doubt.” So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “coming at the end” or “allowing no further doubt.” That means that “initial” cannot be the correct answer, because “initial” means “existing or occurring at the beginning,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “final.” “Last,” however, is a word that when used as an adjective means “coming after all others in time or order; final,” and because “last” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “final,” “last” is the correct answer.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Timing, Speed, Movement, And Age

A synonym of “prepared” is . . .

Possible Answers:

exact

open

limited

unready

ready

Correct answer:

ready

Explanation:

“Prepared,” when used as an adjective, can mean “ready for something : in a suitable condition for some purpose or activity,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “in a suitable condition for some purpose or activity.” That means that “unready” cannot be the correct answer, because “unready” means “not prepared for a situation or activity,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “prepared.” “Ready,” however, is an adjective that means “in a suitable state for an activity, action, or situation; fully prepared,” and because “ready” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “prepared,” “ready” is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Timing, Speed, Movement, And Age

Synonyms: choose the word closest in meaning to the word in question.

Daily

Possible Answers:

Skinny

Everyday

Selfish

Shallow

Dirty

Correct answer:

Everyday

Explanation:

"Daily" means occurring everyday. Shallow means not deep. Dirty means not clean. Selfish describes someone who cares only about himself. Skinny describes someone who is thin.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Timing, Speed, Movement, And Age

Which word has a similar meaning to the underlined word?

Will you love me forever?

Possible Answers:

never

sometimes

always

occasionaly 

None of the other answers

Correct answer:

always

Explanation:

"Always" and "forever" have a similar meaning. 

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Timing, Speed, Movement, And Age

Which word has a similar meaning to the underlined word?

The brief meeting happened before school.

Possible Answers:

None of the other answers

short

boring

long

lengthy

Correct answer:

short

Explanation:

"Brief" and "short" both mean small amounts of time. 

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Timing, Speed, Movement, And Age

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Final

Possible Answers:

Last

Beginning

Sad

Competitive

Middle

Correct answer:

Last

Explanation:

"Final" means last or end.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Timing, Speed, Movement, And Age

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Ancient

Possible Answers:

New

Cold

Old

Friendly

Fresh

Correct answer:

Old

Explanation:

"Ancient" means very old.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Timing, Speed, Movement, And Age

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Swift

Possible Answers:

Smart

Slow

Skinny

Quick

Handsome

Correct answer:

Quick

Explanation:

"Swift" means fast or quick.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Timing, Speed, Movement, And Age

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

SELDOM

Possible Answers:

Rare

Loud

Friendly

Often

Hard

Correct answer:

Rare

Explanation:

"Seldom" is an adjective that means rare, so "rare" is the correct answer.

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