Comparing and contrasting synonyms

Try to find words or expressions in the list that you were given which you can use expressions from below with, crossing the expressions off as you use them. 

absolutely identical

almost completely different

almost exactly the same

almost identical

almost the same

antonyms

basically the same

complete opposites

completely different

don’t have much in common

exact synonyms

exactly the same

have a lot in common

have little in common

have much in common

have nothing in common

have one similarity

have quite a lot in common

have some similarities

have something in common

have things in common

have very little in common

nearly the same

only slightly different

only very slightly different

practically synonyms

rather similar

share one feature

share some features

totally different

very different

very nearly the same

very similar

virtually identical 

All of the expressions above actually have the same meanings as other ones on the list. Match them up. Some only match with one other, but the longest list has six expressions which mean the same thing.

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Hint: There are 11 categories, and the biggest one has 6 with the same meaning.

Suggested answers

absolutely identical/ exactly the same/ exact synonyms

very nearly the same/ only very slightly different/ almost exactly the same/ almost identical/ virtually identical/ practically synonyms

basically the same/ almost the same/ nearly the same/ only slightly different

very similar/ have much in common/ have a lot in common

rather similar/ have quite a lot in common

have things in common/ share some features/ have some similarities

have something in common/ share one feature/ have one similarity

very different/ have little in common/ don’t have much in common

almost completely different/ have very little in common

completely different/ totally different/ have nothing in common

complete opposites/ antonyms

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