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    synonym of / for

    What is the correct preposition for synonym? for or of?
    Or both of them?

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    Re: synonym of / for

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    What is the correct preposition for synonym? for or of?
    Or both of them?
    Hi,
    The standard expression is 'A synonym for'.
    L.

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    Re: synonym of / for

    Synonym is "another word for", so the word "synonym" takes "for".
    (e.g. pretty is a synonym for beautiful)

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    Re: synonym of / for

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    What is the correct preposition for synonym? for or of?
    Or both of them?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Great question.

    (2) According to most dictionaries, both are "correct" when you mean that a word has

    the same meaning as another word:

    "Small" is a synonym of/for "little."

    (3) BUT -- as the Learner's Dictionary (on the Web) says -- there is one time when you

    must use "for."

    (a) When a word suggests a particular idea or quality:

    (i) He is a tyrant whose name has been a synonym for oppression.

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