WAEC Lexis and Structure Questions and Answers Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the WAEC Lexis and Structure past questions and answers series. In this part, our focus is on antonyms. You are about to learn the meanings and antonyms of more words and expressions in English.

Let’s find out how far you have come with your English Language studies, particularly the learning of English vocabulary.

What are the words you will be learning for the first time in Part 2 of the WAEC Lexis and Structure past questions and answers series? It’s time to find out.

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Prepositions: Grammatical Name and Functions

Set A

In each of the following sentences, there is a word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A to D, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time,  correctly fill the gap in the sentence.

PLEASE NOTE. The words in question and the correct answers are in bold lettering.

1. Akosua took a firm stand on the matter, never…….. at all

    A. lingering             B. unsure                     C. wavering                            D. delaying

2. In times of crisis, it is more sensible to be……… than agitated

    A. happy                 B. calm                       C. confident                            D. quite

3. Your speech should be ………., not long-winded

     A. simple                           B. brief                        C. abridged                 D. edited

4. Though it was meant to…….. them, my gift rather angered them

    A. soften                 B. appease                   C. reward                                D. disarm

5. Neither your insults nor your……. can affect my decision on the matter

    A. regards               B. flatteries                 C. compliments                      D. favours

6. It is……, not optional for members of the community to participate in communal labour       A. essential                  B. obligatory               C. forceful                       D. compelling

7. You should ……. rather than condemn me for my efforts

    A. admire                B. cheer                       C. commend                           D. acclaim

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SET B

In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A to D, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentence  

1. The politician gave evasive answers to the journalist’s…….questions.

    A. direct                  B. polite                      C. concise                               D. simple

2. The accused claimed that the killing was not premeditated but rather……..

    A. anticipated                     B. sudden                    C. instigated                D. accidental

3. A lot of workers here resent the manager’s policies but Kojo seems to .…them

    A. respect                B. trust            C. regard                     D. like

4. We should not think our team’s defeat is inevitable, it is……if we train hard enough.

    A. avoidable                       B. possible                  C. serious                    D. immediate

5. Although smoking is prohibited in the library, it is……….in the restrooms.

    A. assured               B. permitted                C. performed               D. condoned

6. The proposed policy will either hinder or………..economic growth

    A. ease                    B. facilitate                 C. flourish                               D. permit

SET C

In the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A to D, choose the word that is most nearly OPPOSITE in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentence.

1. Though the man was very confident his wife appeared to be quite………

    A. happy                 B. nervous                   C. sorry                       D. excited

2. Before the election, Kwesi was quite humble but he became……… after his victory.

    A. understanding                B. nasty                       C. arrogant                  D. content

3. Surprisingly, though one brother was a spendthrift the other was quite……….

    A. extravagant                    B. miserly                   C. tightfisted               D. cunning

4. Some of the colours were certainly attractive, but the others were…….

    A. unique                            B. passive                    C. pleasant                  D. repulsive

5. The first accident, in my opinion, was avoidable, but the second was……….

    A. preventable                    B. ineligible                C. inevitable               D. plausible

Final Thoughts

Tell me, were there any surprises in this second part of our WAEC/WASSCE Lexis and Structure questions and answers series? If yes, would you mind sharing them with everybody?

Remember, words that are opposite in meaning to other words will keep changing depending on the context.

So how can you always tell the most suitable word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to another word in a particular sentence?

Well, one secret I can leave with you is this: The more English words you are familiar with the easier it is for you to identify the right antonyms. And this can be done by learning to read as extensively as you can.

GO BACK TO LEXIS AND STRUCTURE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS PART 1

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Ralph Nyadzi is the Director of Studies at Cegast Academy. He is a qualified English tutor with decades of experience behind him. Since 2001, he has successfully coached thousands of High School General Arts WASSCE candidates in English, Literature and related subjects. He combines his expertise with a passion for lifelong learning to guide learners from varying backgrounds to achieve their educational goals. Ralph shares lessons from his blogging journey on BloggingtotheMax. He lives with River, his pet cat, in the Central Region of Ghana.

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