Learn 120+ Common Opposites in English from A-Z
- Able – Unable
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She was unable to hide her excitement.
- Above – Below
I heard a strange noise coming from the room above.
I could hear voices in the courtyard below my window.
- Absent – Present
Students who are regularly absent from school.
The gases present in the Earth’s atmosphere.
- Abundant – Scarce
Fish are abundant in the lake.
Food was often scarce in the winter.
- Accept – Decline
Rick accepted her offer of coffee.
His school reports said that he never declines a challenge.
- Add – Subtract
If you add all these amounts together you get a huge figure.
If you subtract 6 from 9, you get 3.
- Admit – Deny
A quarter of all workers admit to taking time off when they are not ill.
The department denies responsibility for what occurred.
- Adore – Hate
She adores working with children.
I hate to see you unhappy.
- Advantage – Disadvantage
Her experience meant that she had a big advantage over her opponent.
The disadvantage of the material is that it fades in strong sunlight.
- Against – For
Mr. Howard has declared that he is against all forms of racism.
Everybody is always for peace.
- Agree – Disagree
If she felt he was right, she would agree with him.
He is tolerant of those who disagree with him.
- None – All
We saw several houses but none we really liked.
Have you done all your homework?
- Defend – Attack
There have been several attacks on foreigners recently.
We need to defend against military aggression.
- Before – After
I saw her a few days before she died.
I go swimming every day after work.
- Big – Little
They belong to the rich man who lives in the big white house there among the trees.
He was quite an old little man and his head was long and entirely bald.
- Birth – Death
What’s your date of birth?
Cancer is the leading cause of death in women.
- Interesting – Boring
I trudged through a boring day, knowing I’d return to an empty apartment as Betsy was off to Los Angeles for the entire week.
Dr. Bell told me many interesting things about his work.
- Top – Bottom
I waited for them at the bottom of the hill.
She was standing at the top of the stairs.
- Legal – Illegal
What the company has done is perfectly legal.
They were involved in illegal activities.
- Long – Short
He stretched out his long legs.
I’ve only been in Brisbane a short time.
- Maximum – Minimum
The car has a maximum speed of 120 mph.
The minimum number of students we need to run the course is fifteen.
- Cheap - Expensive
Property is cheaper in Spain than here.
Petrol is becoming more and more expensive.
- Chilly - Warm
Despite the chilly autumn afternoon, she was wearing a thin cotton dress.
I hope we get some warm weather soon.
- Cold - Hot
Let's get in out of this cold wind.
In dry gourds, they were served a hot tea made from the ground leaves of something Bordeaux called the lip fern.
- Complex - Simple
It was a very complex relationship between two complex people.
I’m sure there’s a perfectly simple explanation.
- Dark - Bright
At the kitchen door she nearly ran into a dark form.
With his small frame and bright eyes, he'd always reminded her of an elf of some sort.
- Difficult - Easy
The exam was very difficult.
Finishing the task will be easy.
- Early - Late
The bus was ten minutes early.
You’re half an hour late.
- Empty - Full
The fuel tank’s almost empty.
The kitchen was full of smoke.
- Interior - Exterior
The dome is tiled on the exterior.
The interior of the church was dark.
- Fast - Slow
I’m a fast learner.
The wound was slow to heal.
- Gentle - Rough
Arthur was a very gentle, caring person.
Rugby is a very rough sport.
- Giant - Tiny
Giant cabbages grew in the garden.
You only need to use a tiny amount of salt.
- High - Low
The camp was surrounded by a high fence.
The sun was low in the sky.
- Increase - Decrease
The population increased dramatically in the first half of the century.
The number of people who have the disease has decreased significantly in recent years.
- Large - Small
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the US.
The T-shirt was too small for him.