The synonymic substitution

The synonymic substitution, and as its name openly indicates, consists in replacing some term of a sentence with another term that becomes synonymous, that is, that means the same thing or that approaches enough so that the sentence does not lose its meaning .

This is done with the purpose of not overloading a certain text with the same words, which, if not done, would make it somewhat redundant and make it lose aesthetics.

However, the synonymic substitution not only applies to phrases, but can also be done within paragraphs, written documents of all kinds and even entire books.

Example of synonymic substitution

Afflicted by an annoying, Juan visited a doctor friend. After examining it, the doctor prescribed a syrup.

As we see, in this case the word “doctor” has been replaced by a doctor. However, they are not the only synonymic substitutions we could make. For example, we could also get something like this.

Afflicted with pain, Juan went to a well-known doctor. After checking it, the doctor formulated a remedy.

In the latter case the synonymic substitution is wide and, although it is true that some synonyms are not strict keep the original meaning, they convey with great success the main idea. This is the way in which the synonymic substitution is applied and the way in which it can be reproduced in the most diverse phrases and texts.

We see another example

  • The car is very expensive, so I preferred to wait for it to go down in price.
  • The car is very expensive, so I preferred to wait for it to reduce its value.


The synonymic substitution
Source: Education  
June 13, 2019

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