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Learn to identify One Word Substitutes of a Sentence

Feb 12, 2018 13:23 IST


    One Word Substitution is an integral part of Verbal Aptitude segment in various competitive exams like SSC, LIC, CDS, etc. There are lots of words in the English language that can be used effectively in place of complex sentences or words to make writing to the point without losing the context. So let’s understand the various types of One Word Substitutes along with some ways to correctly identify the substitute of a given sentence.

     One Word Substitution


    In simple words, a One Word Substitution question requires you to replace a sentence with a single word. However, remember that while doing so, you must not change the exact meaning of the sentences.


    For example: A person who is unable to pay his debts - Insolvent

    Learn to identify Synonyms of a word


    Let us discuss some ways that can help you in identifying the substitute of a sentence.

    1.    Understanding the Roots of the Word:

    Root of the word

    Understanding the roots of words may help you find the meaning of the word even if you have no idea about it. Roots are nothing but the words from which the main word has been derived. Let us go through some examples to understand the importance of the root of the word for solving One Word Substitution questions:

    •    Root Word – CRACY

    CRACY = Rule / Government

    Root Word Cracy

    Root word cracy examples

    •    Root Word – CIDE

    CIDE = Killing


    Root Word Cide Examples

    •    Root Word – IBLE

    IBLE = Able to be

    Root Word Ible

    Root Word Ible Examples

    Learn to identify Antonyms of a word

    2.    Improve your vocabulary:

    For attempting questions from this topic, students must work on improving their vocabulary. Let’s look at some ways of doing this:

    •    THESAURUS:


    This is an easy way to study and memorize words. There are a lot of online thesauruses like Oxford, Cambridge, etc., available in which a word and its substitute words can be found in one place.

    •    WORD LIST:

    Word List

    Keep a pocket note book in which you can jot down a few words every day, say 10-20. The most important thing is you must go through the list frequently.


    Online Flashcards

    If you use a mobile or a tablet you can download free flash cards that may help you in learning or remembering new words.

    3.    Rule of elimination:

    Rule of Elimination

    Finally, you can also solve One Word Substitution questions by following the rule of elimination. Eliminate those options which do not fit in the context of the sentence and you will be able to arrive at the correct answer.

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