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Postby hanuman_2000 » Fri Oct 29, 2004 5:05 am

Sir,

Can we write the opposite of "boy" ="girl".Some time it confused me because it seems me to change in gender.

Are opposite of the followings exist.

Opposite of a verb,pronoun,noun,adverb etc.

Please provide me an example for each.


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Postby Alan » Sat Oct 30, 2004 1:53 pm

No, 'boy' and 'girl' are not opposites, simply counterparts in different genders.

Grammatical word-classes also have no opposites.
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Postby hanuman_2000 » Mon Nov 01, 2004 3:45 am

Sir,

While reading at a wed site on internet ,I found the opposite list. In which it was writte for exam


Boy= Girl
to take = to give

My basic question is that which part of speech as given below has opposite.

noun,pronoun,adjective,adverb,verb,preposition e.t.c.

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Postby Alan » Mon Nov 01, 2004 6:53 am

'Boy' and 'girl' are not words that we would generally consider to be true opposites (such as 'life' and 'death', or 'kindness' and 'cruelty'), although they may often be treated as such.

True opposites may be found, I suppose, in any word-class except for articles and interjections.
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