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    Antonyms Help

    what would be antonym of "EXTENSION", I was asked to choose between word "CONDENSATION " and "SUBTRACTION".

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    Re: Antonyms Help

    Hello asifahmedawan and welcome to the forum.

    I can't see how "condensation" or "subtraction" can be suitable antonyms for "extension."

    Can you provide a full sentence and/or describe the context you have in mind?
    That would make it easier for us to understand what you're after and therefore to provide a more accurate answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asifahmedawan View Post
    I was asked to...
    I suspect the OP was asked by his/her teacher, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Antonyms Help

    It's a stretch (no pun intended), but since "extension" is making something bigger, "subtraction" would be the opposite since it is making something smaller.

    That is, given the choice between "subtraction" and "condensation." There is no way "condensation" is the best answer of the two.

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    I suspect the question is trying to trap the reader into thinking that 'condensation' might be the noun form when condense means to reduce or shorten.

    But I agree, since an extension can add to something, subtraction is the only real choice.

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    Condensed is a good antonym for expanded but the noun forms don't work the same way.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    It was a simple MCQ in a job test, it was asked to choose choose an antonym of extension from condensation or subtraction.

    I thought it might be condensation because it formally presents meaning to shorten or reduce some thing, in compare with subtraction it literally means to cut a part from something..

    I read members' comments, i think i have made a wrong choice.... My bad i think

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    Neither is the correct antonym if a context is not given. Language just doesn't work that way. 'Extension' means a lot of things for which neither antonym would be likely.

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    Extension is the adding on of something, which you can call "addition".
    The opposite of that is subtraction.
    Condensation is a change of state from vapour to liquid and has nothing to do with quantity.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Antonyms Help

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Extension is the adding on of something, which you can call "addition".
    The opposite of that is subtraction.
    Condensation is a change of state from vapour to liquid and has nothing to do with quantity.
    Yes, in some contexts. But if you extend a rubber band, you don't need to add anything to it. And when you finish extending the rubber band, it contracts; it neither condenses, nor is anything subtracted.
    If you condense a paragraph, you're reducing the size (quantity).

    In any event, you might want to read my post #8 again.

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