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“Synonyms for ‘said’.”

woorrdddsssss

“synonyms”
different words still have different meanings/implications
“whimpered” is very different from “laughed”

That’s why no one is claiming that they’re synonyms for each other - only for ‘said’.
No need to nit-pick on such a great resource.

Technically, some sources might still consider them synonyms, which is why it’s important to teach students about the fact that different words, even when they are synonyms, do have different implications and tone from one another.
I learned this the hard way during my first student-teaching experience. When the teacher implemented an illegal word of the week, I thought it would be a great idea to start each week with a small block of time for students to explore that word and its alternatives with a dictionary and thesaurus, the latter which most of the students had never used before. But when students tried substituting words from the thesaurus, they assumed that any word listed as a synonym would do, and we had to talk about drastic differences in tone and meaning.
"But doesn’t a synonym mean it means the same thing?"
"Well…sort of.  It means the same thing to an extent, but then you have to think about what you’re really saying.  That’s the important thing about word choice.  I mean, love and like are synonyms, but do you love your parents the way you love your sneakers?"
"Kind of."
"…okay, do you love your parents the way you love your girlfriend or boyfriend?"
"…ew."
"Exactly."
So, if you want to use this really great resource but the synonyms thing is throwing you off, maybe it’s actually a really great chance for a lesson on word choice and refining your meaning.  There was a really great lesson on this I have saved somewhere posted by another Tumblr Teacher and intended for ESL/ELL — I’ll find it and reblog.

hisnamewasbeanni:

kuryree:

lapizsolarflare:

booksdirect:

“Synonyms for ‘said’.”

woorrdddsssss

“synonyms”

different words still have different meanings/implications

“whimpered” is very different from “laughed”

That’s why no one is claiming that they’re synonyms for each other - only for ‘said’.

No need to nit-pick on such a great resource.

Technically, some sources might still consider them synonyms, which is why it’s important to teach students about the fact that different words, even when they are synonyms, do have different implications and tone from one another.

I learned this the hard way during my first student-teaching experience. When the teacher implemented an illegal word of the week, I thought it would be a great idea to start each week with a small block of time for students to explore that word and its alternatives with a dictionary and thesaurus, the latter which most of the students had never used before. But when students tried substituting words from the thesaurus, they assumed that any word listed as a synonym would do, and we had to talk about drastic differences in tone and meaning.

"But doesn’t a synonym mean it means the same thing?"

"Well…sort of.  It means the same thing to an extent, but then you have to think about what you’re really saying.  That’s the important thing about word choice.  I mean, love and like are synonyms, but do you love your parents the way you love your sneakers?"

"Kind of."

"…okay, do you love your parents the way you love your girlfriend or boyfriend?"

"…ew."

"Exactly."

So, if you want to use this really great resource but the synonyms thing is throwing you off, maybe it’s actually a really great chance for a lesson on word choice and refining your meaning.  There was a really great lesson on this I have saved somewhere posted by another Tumblr Teacher and intended for ESL/ELL — I’ll find it and reblog.

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