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Cambridge English: Preliminary

Vocabulary practice for the Cambridge PET exam

Synonyms in Part 5 of the PET Reading Paper

In Part 5 of the PET Reading Paper you have to complete a text which has ten missing words. To complete each gap you have to choose one word from a choice of four (A, B, C or D). These missing words will often be synonyms. Synonyms are words that have a similar meaning like 'cheap' and 'inexpensive'. These quizzes will give you practice in the use of synonyms.

An Introduction to Synonyms

Which of the following words are NOT synonyms.


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Practise Synonyms

1) Complete each of the following sentences using the correct synonym.

A) Your daughter gets every time I see her.
B) I was for my school exam results and found these old photographs.
B) The teacher me to see him after school.
D) I'm busy now but I can see you today if you want.
E) The shop wouldn't change the dress because I didn't have a .
F) We don't have enough in our apartment so we're thinking of moving.

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2) Read the text below and choose the correct word for each gap.

I started learning to drive when I got my first (A) and was earning enough to pay for a tutor. I had lots of lessons but I was a terrible driver. The first (B) I took my test nobody thought I would pass. They were correct. In (C) , I failed a total of six times and I began to think I would never get my licence. It was costing me so (D) money that I even thought about giving up. Then a friend offered to give me some lessons. She was very patient and after a while I started to feel much more confident and applied to take the test again. On the day of the test my friend took me to the test centre and (E) for me to return. When she (F) the smile on my face as I got out of the car she knew that I had finally passed.

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Study Tip

One of the questions above included the following synonyms: 'strange', 'unusual' and 'different'. You could record synonyms like these in your vocabulary book and write a sentence for each to show their particular meanings.

* I heard a strange noise in the middle of the night.
* It's not unusual to get rain during the summer in the UK.
* We had a different teacher today because Mr Wright was ill.