Synonym Practice

Below is a reading exercise to practise synonyms. As you know, being able to spot paraphrases and synonyms is essential in IELTS reading.

Reading Passage: Did Birds Evolve from Dinosaurs?

Evidence that birds evolved from, dinosaurs, the carnivorous predators that ruled the Mesozoic ecosystems, is plentiful. Traditionally, the prime source of evidence in support of this scientific view was the similar shape of the bones of birds but spectacular new discoveries have added other lines of evidence to the table. One of these involves a suite of features from the eggs of these dinosaurs. A host of fossils have shown that not only did maniraptoran dinosaurs resemble birds in the way they laid their eggs but that these eggs also looked like the eggs of birds. Another line of evidence involves fossils of animals in a brooding pose or in a resting postures also show a startling similarity with the behaviours we see among living birds. Yet, perhaps the most compelling new line of evidence comes from the discovery of soft tissues associated with the skeletons of these predatory dinosaurs, many fossils of these creatures are now known to have been covered by plumage. All this evidence has highlighted the fact that many features that were previously thought to be exclusively avian – from feathers to a wishbone – have now been discovered in the immediate dinosaur predecessor of birds. Even flight is likely to have been an attribute inherited by birds from their dinosaurian forebears! If the new wealth of fossils has clarified the old controversy of the origin of birds, many other fossils have provided a vivid testimony of the early phases of avian evolution. Hidden in these fossils are the clues to how birds perfected their flying abilities and how they evolved warm bloodedness.

Source: Article adapted from Natural History Museum

Questions 1-8: Find the following synonyms in the passage above. Answers come in order.

  1. meat-eating
  2. a group / set
  3. stance / position
  4. resemblance
  5. persuasive
  6. feathers
  7. ancestor
  8. characteristic / quality

Answers

The answers are available on the following page: click here Answers to Synonyms Practice Lesson

All the best

Liz

Note: This type of question does NOT come in the IELTS reading test. This is a practice lesson to help you review your knowledge of synonyms.

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  2. 1. carnivorous
    2. A host of
    3. posture/pose
    4. similarities
    5 compelling
    6.flight
    7. forebears
    8. attribute

  3. Carnivorous
    Suite
    Pose
    Similarity
    Compelling
    Plumage
    Forebears
    Attribute

  4. Suryandaru says

    1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. Postures
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Forebears
    8. Clues

  5. Samiksha Pandey says

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  6. 1. Carnivorous
    2. Mesozoic
    3. In support
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Forebears
    8. Controversy

  7. 1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. Pose/Posture
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Predecessor
    8. Attribute/Feature

  8. 1. Carnivorous
    2. suite
    3. phase
    4. similarity
    5. compelling
    6.tissues
    7. predecessor
    8. attribute/ behaviour/ feature

  9. Emmanuel Frimpong says

    1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. Pose
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Forebears
    8. Attribute

  10. Farhana Aktar says

    1.Carnivorous
    2.School
    3.take place
    4.Similarity
    5.Motivating
    6.Plumage
    7.Forefather/seniour
    8.Trait

  11. 1) carnivorous
    2) suite
    3) pose/postures
    4) similarity
    5) compelling
    6) plumage
    7) early phases
    8) abilities

  12. Got my results for test taken on May 4 , Academic IELTS. Overall Band Score 8. Your lessons played a critical role in my achievement .Thanks Liz.

  13. 1, carnivorous
    2, mesozoic
    3, posture
    4, suite
    5, compelling
    6, plumage
    7, forebears
    8, features

  14. carnivorous
    suite
    posture
    similarity
    compelling
    plumage
    predecessor
    attribute

  15. 1. carnivorous
    2.suite
    3.pose/postures
    4.similarity
    5.compelling
    6.plumage
    7.forebears/predecessor
    8. attribute

  16. Carnivorous
    Suite
    Posture
    Similarity
    Compelling
    Plumage
    Predecessor
    Attribute

  17. Oduah onyinyechi says

    Meat-eating-carnivorous
    A group/set-suite
    Stance/position-view
    Resemblance-similarity
    Persuassive-compelling
    Feathers-plumage
    Ancestor-forebears
    Characteristic/qualitiy-attribute

    • 1. carnivorous
      2.suite
      3.pose/postures
      4.similarity
      5.compelling
      6.plumage
      7.forebears/predecessor
      8. attribute

  18. Hsio Ching says

    1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. Posture
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Predecessor
    8. Attribute

  19. Jihad Jabbouri says

    Jabbouri Jihad from Morocco:
    1-carnivorous
    2-shape
    3- view
    4- similarity
    5- compelling
    6- plumage
    7- forebears
    8- abilities

  20. Kolawole Vincent says

    Carnivorous
    Unit
    Posture
    Similarity
    Include action
    Plume
    Antecedent
    Feature

  21. 1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. Posture
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Predecessor
    8. Attribute

  22. Joann N. Baniago says

    1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. Posture
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Predecessor
    8. Attribute

  23. 1) Carnivorous
    2) a suite
    3) pose
    4) similarity
    5) compelling
    6) predecessor
    7) attribute

  24. 1. Carnivorous
    2. A host of
    3. Posture
    4. Similarity
    5. Evidence
    6. Plumage
    7. Predecessor
    8. Attribute

  25. 1. carnivorous
    2. host
    3. pose
    4. similarity
    5. compelling
    6. plumage
    7. forebears
    8. abilities

  26. meat-eating – carnivorous
    a group/set – suite
    stance/position – pose/posture
    resemblance – similarities
    persuasive – compelling
    feathers/plumage
    ancestors – predecessors/forebears
    characteristic/quality – abilities

  27. Anita B.K says

    1.carnivorous
    2.suite
    3.predecessor
    4.similarity
    5.vivid
    6.plumage
    7.forebear
    8.attribute

  28. 1. Carnivorous
    2. Host
    3. Pose
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Predecessor
    8. Attribute

  29. 1. carnivorous
    2. predators
    3. view
    4. similarity
    5. compelling
    6. plumage
    7. predecessor
    8. attribute

  30. Carnivorous
    Host
    pose
    similarity
    Compelling
    Plumage
    predecessor
    Features

  31. 1 carnivorous
    2. ecosystem
    3. pose/postures
    4. Similarity
    5. compelling
    6. plumage
    7. forebears
    8. ability

  32. 1. Carnivorous
    2. A host of fossils
    3. Brooding Pose / Resting Postures
    4. Similarities
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7
    8. Flying Abilities

  33. 1. Carnivorous
    2. Host of fossils
    3. In the way
    4. Looked like
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Predecessor
    8. Abilities

  34. 1- Carnivorous
    2-host
    3-posture
    4-similarity
    5-compelling
    6-plumage
    7-predecessor
    8-testimony

  35. 1. Predators
    2.Suite
    3.Posture
    4.Similarity
    5.Compelling
    6.Plumage
    7.Forebear
    8.Ability

  36. Misethical says

    Carnivorous
    Mesozoic
    View
    Similarity
    Compelling
    Plumage
    Predecessor
    Attribute

  37. 1- Carnivorous
    2-Predators/a suit
    3-posture
    4-similarity
    5-compelling
    6-plumage
    7-forebears
    8-attribute

  38. Meat Eating – Carnivorous
    a group of – a suite of
    stance / position – posture
    resemblance – similarity
    Persuasive – compelling
    feathers – plumage
    ancestors – predecessors
    characteristics – features

  39. Johnson Avith Crasta says

    1.CARNIVOROUS
    2.HOST
    3.POSE
    4.SIMILARITY
    5.COMPELLING
    6.PLUMAGE
    7.FOREBEARS
    8.ATTRIBUTE

  40. meat-eating- carnivorous
    a group / set- suite
    stance / position- fact
    resemblance- look alike
    persuasive- compelling
    feathers- plummage
    ancestor- forebears
    characteritics – Abilities

  41. Biju Achankutty says

    1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. Posture
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Forebear
    8. Attribute

  42. 1. carnivorous
    2. suite
    3. pose / posture
    4. similarity
    5. compelling
    6. plumage
    7. predecessor
    8. attribute

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  43. 1. carnivorous
    2. suite
    3. pose/posture
    4. similarity
    5. compelling
    6. plumage
    7. forbears
    8. features

  44. Jot kaur says

    Hello mam! Please check my answers
    1.Carnivorous
    2.Ecosystems/host
    3.Postures
    4.Similarity
    5.Compelling
    6.Plumage
    7.Predecessor
    8.Attribute

  45. 1, carnivorous
    2, suite
    3, postures
    4, similarity
    5, compelling
    6, plumage
    7, forebears
    8, wealth

  46. Sirajuddin says

    1.Carnivorous
    2.plentiful
    3.suite
    4.resemble
    5.compelling
    6.plumage
    7.predecessor
    8.attribute

  47. Amandeep Singh says

    Carnivorous
    a suite
    posture
    similarity
    compelling
    plumage
    predecessor
    attribute

  48. Rajan Patel says

    1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. Pose
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Forebear / predecessor
    8. Attribute / feature

  49. 1) Carnivorous
    2) a Suite
    3) pose/ posture
    4) similarity
    5) compelling
    6) plumage
    7) predecessor
    8) attribute/ abilities

  50. CARNIVOROUS
    BIRDS
    BROADING POSE
    ASSOCIATED
    EVIDENCE
    WISHBONE
    PREDECESSOR
    ATTRIBUTE

  51. Uma Aravind says

    1.carnivorous
    2.suite
    3.postures
    4.similarity
    5.Compelling
    6.plumage
    7.forebears
    8.abilities

  52. Shahzaib says

    1) Carnivorous
    2) suite
    3) posture
    4) looked like
    5) compelling
    6) soft tissues
    7) Predecessor
    8) attribute

  53. 1.cranivorous
    2.suite
    3.pose/posture
    4.tissue
    5.compelling
    6.plumge
    7.predecessor
    8.attribute

  54. Chidera Emmanuel Alajemba says

    1. CARNIVOROUS
    2. A HOST
    3. POSE/ POSITION
    4. SIMILARITY
    5. COMPELLING
    6. PLUMAGE
    7. PREDECESSOR
    8 ATTRIBUTE

  55. 1. carnivorous
    2. host
    3. posture
    4. similarity
    5. compelling
    6. plumage
    7. predecessor/ forebears
    8. attribute

  56. 1.meat eating – carnivorous
    2.a group – suite
    3. stance/ position-host
    4. resemblance- similarity
    5. persuasive- compelling
    6. feathers- plumage
    7. ancestor- predecessor , forebears
    8. characteristic/ quality – attribute

  57. rajesh k says

    Carnivorous
    host
    postures
    similarity
    avain
    forebears
    origin
    bloodedness

  58. Carnivorous
    A host/a suite
    Brooding pose/posture
    Similar
    Compelling
    Plumage
    Forebears
    Abilities/attributes

  59. 1. Carnivorous
    2. host
    3. pose
    4. startling similarities
    5. compelling
    6. forebear
    7. early phase/origin
    8. bloodedness/clues

  60. 1. CARNIVOROUS
    2. PREDATORS
    3. POSTURES
    4. SIMILARITY
    5. COMPELLING
    6. PLUMAGE
    7. FOREBEARS
    8. ATTRIBUTE

    • okafor franca says

      1. canivorious
      2. a host of
      3.pose
      4. similarity
      5. compelling
      6. avian
      7. predecessor
      8. attribute inherited

  61. Ija Junita says

    1. Meat- eating : carnivoelus
    2. a group / set : ecosystems
    3. stance / position : host
    4. resemblance : resemble
    5. persuative : compelling
    6. ancestor : forebear, predecessor
    7. characteristic / quality : feature

  62. 1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. Posture
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Predecessor
    8. Attribute

  63. Compelling =persuasive
    Support =stance

  64. Himali Vyas says

    1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. Pose
    4.Resemble
    5. Compelling
    6.Plumage
    7.Forebears
    7.Abilities

  65. 1. carnivorous
    2. suite
    3. posture
    4. similarity
    5. compelling
    6. soft tissues
    7. forebears
    8. abilities

  66. 1 carnivorous
    2 host
    3 brooding pose
    4 looked like
    5 compelling
    6 flight
    7 old controversy
    8 abilities

  67. 1-Carnivorous
    2-Suite
    3-Pose
    4-Similarity
    5-Compelling
    6-plumage
    7-Forebears
    8-Abilities

  68. carnivorous,
    suite
    brooding pose
    similarity
    compelling
    plumage
    predecessor
    attribute

  69. Abraham Ola says

    predator
    set
    position
    looked like
    compelling
    plumage
    predecessor
    feature

  70. Francesca Augustine says

    1- carnivororous
    2- host
    3- pose/posture
    4- similarity
    5- compelling
    6- plumage
    7- predecessor
    8- attribute

  71. 1.carnivourous
    2.suite
    3.brooding pose/resting posture
    4.looked like
    5.compelling
    6.plumage
    7.forebears
    8.attribute

  72. Prateek Madaan says

    1. meat-eating – carnivorous
    2. a group – suite
    3. stance/position – postures
    4. resemblance – similarity
    5. persuasive -compelling
    6. feathers – plumage
    7. ancestor – predecessor
    8. characteristic/ quality – attribute

  73. 1. Carnivorous predators
    2. Brooding pose
    3. Resting postures
    4. Features
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Forebears
    8. Attributes

  74. 1. Carnivorous
    2. Plentiful
    3. Posture
    4. Looked-like
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Forebears
    8. Attribute

  75. 1. carnivorous
    2. host
    3. posture
    4. similarity
    5. compelling
    6. plumage
    7. predecessor
    8. clues

  76. Mohammad umair akhtar says

    Carnivorous
    Suite
    Posture
    Similarity
    Compelling
    Soft tissues
    Forebears
    Abilities

  77. neha kohli says

    meat eating – carnivorous
    a group/set – plentiful
    stance/position – posture
    resemble – looked like
    persuasive – compelling
    feathers – plumage
    ancestors – forebears
    quality/characteristics – abilities

  78. 1. carnivorous
    2. suite
    3. brooding pose
    4.
    5.compelling new line of evidence
    6. soft tissues/plumage
    7.forebears
    8. abilities

  79. Carnivorous
    Predators
    Support
    Similar
    Compelling
    Plumage
    Predecessor
    Attribute

  80. Benjamin says

    1. Carnivorous
    2. Lines.
    3. Pose/posture
    4. Similarities
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Forebears
    8. Abilities

  81. Perpetual says

    1.carnivorous
    2.maniraptoran dinosaurs
    3.posture
    4.resemble
    5.compelling
    6.avian
    7.attribute
    8.features

  82. CLEMENTINE says

    1.carnivorous
    2. suite
    3. pose
    4. similarity
    5. compelling
    6. plumage
    7. predecessor
    8. attribute

  83. inimotimi says

    1. carnivorous
    2.suite
    3.pose/posture
    4.similarity
    5.compelling
    6.plumage
    7.forebears
    8.attribute

  84. 1 carnivorous
    2 suite
    3 pose
    4 similarity
    5 compelling
    6 plumage
    7 predecessor
    8 attribute

  85. 1 meat eating -Carnivorous
    2 a group- suite
    3 stance- posture
    4 resemblance- resemble
    5persuasive- compelling
    6feathers- plumage
    7ancestors- forebears
    8 characteristic – features

  86. Carnivorous
    suite
    Posture
    Similarity
    Compelling
    Plumage
    Predecessor
    Atttibute

  87. Subir Danda says

    1.Carnivorous
    2.Suite
    3.Pose/ posture
    4. Similar
    5.Compelling
    6.
    7.Predecessor
    8.Attribute

  88. Carnivorous
    Brooding
    Similar
    Compelling
    Plumage
    Forebears
    Attribute

  89. Carnivorous
    Host
    Similarity
    Compelling
    Plumage
    Forebears
    Attribute

  90. 1. Carnivorous
    2. A Suite
    3. Posture
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Forebear
    8. Controversy

  91. 1.carnivorous
    2.a host
    3. Posture
    4. Similarity
    5.compelling
    6.plumage
    7.origin
    8. Abilities

  92. 1.carnivorous
    2.a host
    3.pose
    4.looked like
    5.compelling
    6.plumage
    7.forebears
    8.attribute

  93. 1 Carnivorous
    2. Plentiful
    3.Posture
    4.Similarity
    5.Compelling
    6.Avian
    7.Forebear
    8.Attribute

  94. Carnivorous. A suite. Pose/posture. Similarity. Compelling. Plumage. Forebears. Attribute.

  95. Divya Choudhry says

    1. Carnivorous
    2. Ecosystems
    3. Evidence
    4. Features
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Forebears
    8. Attribute

  96. 1. Carnivorous
    2. A host
    3. Posture
    4. Looked like
    5. Wish bone
    6. Forebears
    7. Attribute

  97. Sneha Jattani says

    Answers to above given synonyms exercise are as follows:
    1. Carnivorous
    2. A host of
    3. Pose / posture
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Forebears
    8. Attribute

  98. 1)carnivorous (meat eating)
    2)suite (a group/set)
    3)pose/posture (stance/position)
    4)similarity (resemblance)
    5)compelling (persuasive)
    6) ——- (feathers)
    7)old (ancestor)
    8)ability (characteristic/quality)

  99. 1.Carnivorous
    2.similar shape
    3.
    4.looked like
    5.highlighted
    6.wishbone
    7.forebears
    8.Abilities

  100. Jaskaran says

    Carnivorous
    Suite
    Posture
    Similarity
    Compelling
    Plumage
    Forebears
    Abilities

  101. Carnivorous,
    Predators
    Postures
    Similarity
    Compelling
    Plumage
    Forbear
    Features

  102. 1.carnivorous
    2.mesozoic
    3.postures
    4.looked like
    5.compelling
    6.plumage
    7.forbearers
    8.abilities

  103. 1.Carnivorous
    2.Host
    3.Evidence
    4.Similarity
    5.Compelling
    6.Plumage
    7.Old
    8.Abilities

  104. 1. Carnivorous
    2. Host
    3.
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Predecessor
    8. Attribute

  105. 1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. Pose/ Posture
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Plumage
    7. Predecessor
    8. Attribute

  106. FAIZA NAZ says

    1. Carnivorous
    2. Suite
    3. posture
    4. similarity
    5. compelling
    6. plumage
    7. forebears
    8. abilities

  107. Mary Ann says

    1.carnivorous
    2. Mesozoic ecosystem
    3.pose /posture
    4. Similarity
    5. Evidence
    6. Avian
    7. Forebears
    8.warm bloodedness

  108. 1. Carnivorous
    2. Predators
    3. Evidence
    4. Similarity
    5. Compelling
    6. Avian
    7. Fossils
    8. Clues

  109. carnivorous
    suite
    pose
    startling similarity
    compelling
    plumage
    predecessor
    attribute

  110. Juan pablo says

    carnivorous
    a suite
    posture
    similarity
    compelling
    plumage
    predecessor
    attribute

  111. 1. Carnivorous
    2.predators
    3.evidence
    4.similarity
    5.compelling
    6.avian
    7.fossils
    8.clues

    • Bolanle Helen says

      1. carnivorous
      2. host
      3. pose
      4. similarity
      5. compelling
      6. plumage
      7. forebears
      8. attribute

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