Brainstorm and rank comparing and contrasting phrases

Fill in phrases between these two limits. Expressions which have exactly the same meanings should be written next to each other.

1

Absolutely identical

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completely different

 

2

An absolutely huge difference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An absolutely tiny difference

 

3

A little longer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Far longer

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Put the following in order. Many are basically the same as each other. It is better to rewrite the lists rather than try to number them.

1

Absolutely identical

Almost identical

Almost the same

Basically the same

Completely different

Exactly the same

Nearly the same

Only slightly different

Practically the same

Quite similar

Totally different

Very different

Very similar

 

2

A big difference

A great difference

A huge difference

A slight difference

A small difference

A substantial difference

A tiny difference

An absolutely huge difference

An absolutely tiny difference

 

3

A great deal longer

Considerably longer

Quite a lot longer

Slightly longer

Somewhat longer

Substantially longer

 

Compare with the suggested answers on the next page.

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Suggested answers

1

Absolutely identical/ Exactly the same

Practically the same/ Basically the same/ Almost the same/ Nearly the same/ Almost identical/ Only slightly different

Very similar

Quite similar

Very different

Completely different/ Totally different

 

2

An absolutely huge difference

A huge difference

A big difference/ A great difference

A substantial difference

A slight difference/ A small difference

A tiny difference

An absolutely tiny difference

 

3

A little longer/ Slightly longer

Somewhat longer

Quite a lot longer

A great deal longer/ Considerably longer/ Substantially longer

Much longer/ Far longer

Put any other phrases you came up with into the same lists.

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