Common Paraphrases/Synonyms

Paraphrases and Synonyms

According to the Online Cambridge Dictionary, a ‘Paraphrase‘ is “to repeat something written or spoken using different words, often in a humorous form or in a simpler and shorter form that makes the original meaning clearer”.

Quite often, in the IELTS Speaking exam, the ‘Paraphrasing’ covered in the Lexcial Resource section of the criteria, synonyms can be used.

A ‘Synonym‘ is defined as “a word or phrase that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language”.

There are other ways, such as using an opposite/negative:

It was hard = It wasn’t easy

Another way is to use more/less formal language:

I’m concerned = I’m worried/I’m stressed.

Both of these are essential in the IELTS Speaking Exam and important in the IELTS Writing exam for the higher (6.5+) scores. 

Below are some more common Synoyms used with those in my new 9分达人 Speaking book highlighted.

Hard, not easy, challenging

Convenient, not difficult

Pros, good things, benefits, positives

Cons, bad things, drawbacks, negatives

Persons, the public, mankind

Lecturers, Educators


College, Higher Education

Unsafe, risky

Young person, kids, little ones

Issues, difficulties


Investment, financing

Benficial, excellent, advantageous

Not good, detrimental, un-, dis-,

Get better, enhance

Like the most, like the best


Enjoy, prefer, fun to do

Where I live

Quiet, calm

Crucial, essential, vital

The past

Loathe, detest, dislike

have to


Downpour, Damp

Evening, late

Looked after, maintained, saved

Rushed off my feet, manic

Films, Flicks


Clean, neat, everything in its place



Breather, rest, holiday

Little, mini

Tired, lethargic

Chuckle, giggle, amuse

on stage, in real life



Buddies, mates

Start, commence

not so expensive, budget