Analogies Understanding Word Patterns. Word Analogies Analogies develop logic. Analyze two words and...

Analogi es Understanding Word Patterns

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AnalogiesUnderstanding Word Patterns

Word Analogies

Analogies develop logic.

Analyze two words and identify the relationship between them.

Find another pair of words that has the same relationship.

Analogy construction

FIND : LOCATE :: lose : misplaceColon stands for the phrase

“is related to”FIND [is related to] LOCATELOSE [is related to] MISPLACEDouble colon (::) stands for “in the same way that”Or simply—FIND is to LOCATE as lose is to misplace.

Types of Analogies

What’s the relationship?

DRY : ARID :: lost : mislaid

Both words have similar meanings so this relationship is a synonym

Types of Analogies

What’s the relationship?

KIND : CRUEL :: happy : sad

Both words have opposite meanings, so their relationship is an antonym.

Types of Analogies

What’s the relationship?CHAPTER : BOOK :: fender : automobile

A chapter is a part of a book just as a fender is a part of an automobile.Part and WholeWhat happens if you switch book and chapter in this analogy?BOOK : CHAPTER :: fender : automobileInvalid analogy

Part and Whole continued

What’s the relationship?

POEM : STANZA :: play : acts

It’s still Part and Whole, but this time the whole comes first. We could call it Whole and Part.

Types of Analogies

What’s the relationship?MIRROR : SMOOTH :: sandpaper : rough

Mirrors are characteristically smooth just as sandpaper is characteristically rough.


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What’s the relationship?POLKA : DANCE :: frog : amphibian BIRD : CARDINAL :: house : igloo

A polka may be classified as a dance; a cardinal is classified as a bird.


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What’s the relationship?

GIFT : JOY :: rain : flood TEARS : SADNESS :: smiles : joy

A gift can cause joy; tears are an effect of sadness.

Cause and Effect

Types of Analogies

What’s the relationship?

KNIFE : CUT :: shovel : dig

The function of a knife is to cut.


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What’s the relationship?

FISH : SEA :: moose : forest

A fish can be found in the sea, just as a moose can be found in a forest.


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What’s the relationship?

CHUCKLE : LAUGH :: whimper : cry

These words differ in degree. One is more intense than the other.


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What’s the relationship?

CASHIER : CASH :: plumber : pipe

A cashier works with cash, just as a plumber works with pipes.

Performer and a related object

Types of Analogies

What’s the relationship?

AUTHOR : WRITE :: chef : cook

You expect an author to write, just as you expect a chef to cook.

Performer and a related action

Types of Analogies

What’s the relationship?

BOIL : EGG :: throw : ball

You boil an egg, just as you throw a ball. (In these items, the object always receives the action.)

Action and a related object

SAT Test Practice Analogy Questions

1.) BIRD : NEST :: (A) dog : doghouse(B) squirrel : tree(C) beaver : dam(D) cat : litter box(E) book : library

2.) DALMATIAN : DOG :: (A) oriole : bird(B) horse : pony(C) shark : great white(D) cardinal : insect(E) stock : savings

1 and 2 Answers and Explanation

1.) C. If you used to general a sentence such as "A bird spends time in a nest", then you would have quickly seen the need to make your sentence more specific to eliminate some of the choices. In any event, choices D (cat : litter box) and E (book : library) should have been relatively easy to eliminate. If you chose the sentence "A bird lives in a nest", you would have had 3 equally good answers so you would need to revise your sentence. A bird builds a nest and a beaver builds a dam.

2.) A. This is a "type of" analogy question. You may have noticed how easily choices B and C could be eliminated because they are in the reverse order of the questioned pair. Choice E is sort of correct in that stocks are a type of savings instrument, but A is clearly better as the oriole is a species of bird and the analogy is between 2 living things just as the question is.

SAT Test Practice Analogy Questions


(A) sports fan : stadium

(B) cow : farm

(C) professor : college

(D) criminal : jail(E) food : grocery store

4.) CUB : BEAR ::

(A) piano : orchestra

(B) puppy : dog

(C) cat : kitten

(D) eagle : predator(E) fork : utensil

5.) TENET : THEOLOGIAN ::(A) predecessor : heir(B) hypothesis : biologist(C) recluse : rivalry(D) arrogance : persecution(E) guitarist : rock band

3, 4, and 5 Answers and Explanation3.) C. This is a "place where" analogy question. If you simply made a sentence around the preposition "is found in", (A doctor is found in a hospital) you would have quickly realized you had to become a little more specific. A doctor works in a hospital and a professor works in a college.

4.) B. A good sentence for this analogy would be "A cub is a young bear." Choice C is close, but the order is reversed. (If we had written C as kitten : cat instead of cat : kitten, we would have provided you with 2 equally correct answers.) Therefore, the answer is CUB : BEAR :: puppy : dog

5.) B. Ah, you say, they snuck in a vocabulary analogy they warned me about. A tenet is a belief and a theologian is someone who studies religion. A hypothesis is something a biologist will study as part of his or her professional endeavors.

Types of Analogies-REVIEW

The following will give you ideas for analogies from the simple to the advanced:

Synonyms: elated : happy :: wealthy : rich

Relationships: salt : mine :: marble : quarry

Part-whole: battery : flashlight :: engine : car

Numerical: 2 : 10 :: 5 : 25

Cause and effect: fatigue : yawning :: itching : scratching

Person to situation: parent : home :: teacher : school

Geography: Chicago : Illinois :: Denver : Colorado

Measurement: pound : kilogram :: quart : liter

Time: March : spring :: December : winter

More examples…1. synonyms (competent, capable)

2. antonyms (bold, shy)

3. homonyms (piece, peace)

4. action to object (smell, perfume)

5. animal to animal’s sound (turkey, gobble)

6. animal to group (lion, pride)

7. category to example (insect, mosquito)

8. example to category (human, omnivore)

9. degree (prick, impale)

10. cause to effect (wound, blood)

11. locomotion to animal (slither, snake)

12. fruit to dried variety (grape, raisin)

And even more examples…

13. object to composition (credit card, plastic)

14. vehicle/vessel to stopping agent (ship, anchor)

15. workplace to worker (garage, mechanic)

16. person to tool (dentist, drill)

17. sport to scoring event (baseball, run)

18. player to sport (quarterback, football)

19. slang to word (cop, policeman)

20. object to location (Andes, South America)

Get some repetitions in by looking over your notes nightly!