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    What's the good word pair?

    Many of you will likely remember the popular English language show on Doordarshan, 'What's the good word?' hosted by Sabira Merchant. For this weekend's summer activity, we are going to work on building up vocabulary in a similar, easy manner by creating word pairs from a word. You have to come up with an interesting pair of words from a single word that I give. You may participate as many times as you want but must submit only a single word pair for each word that I give.

    An example-
    I give the word - Shut
    Your response - Shut out
    Similar responses- Shut-in, shut up, etc

    You are thus submitting a response with a word pair that uses the exact same word. However, you can put in another word, even expanding on the given word, but the meaning of the word should remain the same. Just add one more word to the given word to make it a meaningful word pair. You can even add an adjective, an adverb, etc and the given word can also be the second in the word pair and not necessarily the first.

    Now, the pairs mentioned above are very obvious ones. I want you to come out of the basics, avoid too easy ones, apply your mind, and come up with something unique. And kindly don't consult Google, otherwise, the whole point of this activity is lost!

    So, with the above word, something unique would be like this- Shuttered shop or Shuttered window. As you can see, the word shut has been expanded to shuttered but retains the meaning, namely, closed.

    I may put in a response with a new word at any time, but you are free to give a word pair for a previous word whenever you wish at a later point, as this is an informal activity and not a competition with time limits. However, if you are responding to a previous word, please mention in your response that your word pair is for so-and-so word. I will also give a number to each word and you can even give a single response later with word pairs for previous words.

    Any member is free to put up a query about the meaning of a word pair that has been submitted by another member but is not understood.

    Interesting word pairs may be taken up later for a future creative writing contest, and if so, will be given cash credits, so do give this activity your best skills!
  • #730456
    Word #1: Chair

    Keep in mind that you should not put 'a', 'the', 'it', etc. Just add one more word to the given word to make it a meaningful word pair. As I mentioned in the instructions, you can even add an adjective, an adverb, etc and the given word can also be the second in the word pair and not necessarily the first.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730458
    Word #1: Chair
    word pair: Study chair

    Regards
    Kamal

  • #730459
    Sun,

    You have to give only a single word pair. Please read the instructions. You have also not given word pairs, but single words, except for the third one. Try again.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730462
    Word #1: Chair
    Chair person.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #730463
    Word#1: Chair
    Word pair: Vice chairman

  • #730465
    Word #1: Chair

    My word pair response is
    Chair post

    Can we use any words before Chair ?

    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #730471
    My word pair for #1. Chair
    "Wooden Chair"

    No life without Sun

  • #730474
    My word pair for #1. Chair
    Steel Chair

    "Cheruthulli Peruvellam"
    small drops make a mighty ocean

  • #730478
    Word #1: Chair

    My word pair response is-

    Chair Lift

  • #730479
    Umesh- Chairperson is a single word. Try again.
    Reena - Vice-Chairman is a hyphenated word and hence a single word. Try again.
    K Mohan - No, the instructions are very clear.
    Sun - Wooden chair was a good word pair, but not as unique as if you had used the first word which you gave in your first response. Will reveal it later.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730481
    Word #2: Turn
    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730483
    Plastic Chair for the first word
    Turn on for the second word

    drrao
    always confident

  • #730485
    Word Pair for the #1 Chair
    Rotating Chair

    Lighted to Lighten

  • #730486
    For Word #2 - Turn
    Right Turn

    Lighted to Lighten

  • #730491
    Sobha Wilson's entries are thinking beyond the obvious. Take a hint from the type of noun used.
    Dr Rao - Do read the instructions! Why have you submitted two entries?

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730493
    Word#2- Turn
    Word pair- Complete turnabout

  • #730494
    Excellent submission by Reena for word #2. Come on, members, let's have more such unique entries.
    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730497
    My word pair #2 Turn
    "High Turnover"

    No life without Sun

  • #730498
    Word #2: Turn

    My word pair for this -

    High turnover

  • #730499
    Vandana Ma'am,

    I missed the entry of 730497 when I was submitting my entry. After refreshing the page I saw my entry is the same as the response of 730497. Should I edit in the same response or do I need to enter another response for the same word?

  • #730501
    Word #1: Chair
    Musical chair

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #730502
    Word #2: Turn
    Your turn

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #730505
    Word#1: Chair bed

    Word#2: Turn around

  • #730506
    Word #2: turn
    My pair for this word is "economic downturn".

    Regards
    Kamal

  • #730509
    Word #2: Turn
    Last turn

    Knowledge is power.

  • #730510
    Word #1: Chair
    Electric Chair

    Knowledge is power.

  • #730511
    Word #1: Chair

    My word pair for this:-

    Front chair

  • #730514
    Word #2: Turn
    Turn out

  • #730515
    Word 2# Turn
    Word pair: Turn down


    Word 1# Chair

    Word pair: Chair Car

  • #730521
    Word 1 # Chair

    Word pair: Rocking Chair

    shampasaid

  • #730522
    Word 2 # Turn

    Word pair: Turning Point

    shampasaid

  • #730529
    Word # 2 Turn
    Word pair : Take u turn
    Or
    Employee turnover

  • #730530
    Word # 1 chair
    Word pair : chair drill or

    Wobbly chair

  • #730554
    Swati - It is Ok, when two members are simultaneously responding in a thread, this happens. Let it be.
    Dev Arora - this is not an MCQ-type format (smiling). Do not give options. Put in just a single word pair.

    High turnover, Economic downturn, Chair lift, Chair car, Employee turnover, Turning point, Wobbly chair - well done!

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730555
    Let's move on to word #3, taking the difficulty level up by a notch: Quiet.
    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730556
    My word pair # 3 Quiet

    "Keep Quiet"

    No life without Sun

  • #730557
    My submission for Word #3 is So quiet.
    drrao
    always confident

  • #730558
    Word #3: Quiet

    My word pair for this is "Watch Quietly".

    Regards
    Kamal

  • #730561
    Word #3: Quiet

    My word pair for this -

    "Quiet Surprised."

  • #730564
    Swati - Quiet Surprised is incorrect English. I think it should either be Quiet surprise or Quietly surprised.
    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730566
    My Word #3: Quiet
    Quiet down

    Lighted to Lighten

  • #730572
    Vandana Ma'am,

    Thank you for rectifying my mistake.

    Yes, it should be "Quiet Surprise".

  • #730582
    My Word #3: Quiet

    My word pair for this is
    "Sit quietly"

  • #730583
    Word #3: Quiet

    Keep quiet

    Knowledge is power.

  • #730584
    Word 3 #: Quiet

    Word pair: Quiet mourning

    shampasaid

  • #730585
    Vandana mam sorry , but two word pairs came into mind so I texted both.


    Word#3: Quiet
    Word pair: Quite quietness

  • #730588
    Vandana Madam,

    Shouldn't it be 'quite surprise' instead of 'quiet surprise'?

    Kindly correct me if I am wrong.

    shampasaid

  • #730603
    Shampa - The meaning of the word quite and that of quiet are different as you know. Since I have given the latter and not the former, hence I corrected it. Also, 'quite surprise' is incorrect grammar, isn't it? It should be 'quite surprised'.

    Dev Arora - I'm not sure if Quite quietness is correct English.

    (By the way everyone, it is quite fine to address me by name. No need for a formal address)

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730659
    Word #4: Bell
    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730661
    Word#4: Bell

    My pair word for this is -

    "Snow Bell"

  • #730664
    Word 4 # Bell
    My pair word for this word " temple bell'

    drrao
    always confident

  • #730670
    Word#4: Bell

    My pair word for this is -

    "Bell rang"

  • #730672
    Word 4 # Bell

    My pair for this word is "Opening bell".

    Regards
    Kamal

  • #730673
    My word pair#4 Bell
    "Calling Bell"

    No life without Sun

  • #730676
    My word pair#4 Bell
    "jingle bell"

  • #730681
    Word #4: Bell
    My word pair: # Bell Pepper

  • #730682
    Word 3# : quiet

    My word pair: # quiet conversation

  • #730689
    Word #4: Bell

    Word pair: Bell jar

    shampasaid

  • #730690
    Vandana (As you wish to be addressed)- Yes, I missed the letter 'd'. It has to be quite surprised. Thanks for pointing it out.
    shampasaid

  • #730713
    Word #4: Bell

    Bell Bottom

    Knowledge is power.

  • #730715
    Some good pairs are coming in, and getting excited at the variety I now have for the upcoming contest!

    I was wondering about one word pair - Sobha mentioned rotating chair. Generally, we refer to such chairs as revolving chairs or swivel chairs.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730716
    One last word for this activity - word #5 Train.

    I have deliberately given a word that has multiple meanings, so you can give word pairs that relate to any of them.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #730720
    Word #5 Train
    Word Pair: Trained train-driver

  • #730721
    Word#5 Train
    My submission for the same is Electric Train

    drrao
    always confident

  • #730724
    Word #5 Train
    Word Pair: Local train

    Regards
    Kamal

  • #730725
    Word #5 Train
    Word Pair: Passenger train

    Phagu Mahato
    Success occurs when opportunity and preparation meet.

  • #730730
    My word pair #Train
    "Under trainee"

    No life without Sun

  • #730748
    Word #5: Train

    Express train

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #730749
    Word #4: Bell

    Bell boy

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #730754
    Word #5: Train

    Well trained

    Knowledge is power.

  • #730757
    Word #3: Quiet

    My pair -
    Quiet atmosphere.

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #730776
    Word # 5: Train

    Word pair: Training schedule

    shampasaid

  • #730786
    Word # 5: Train

    Word pair: Bullet train

  • #730787
    Word # 5: Train

    My word is -

    "Garden Train"

  • #730860
    Word#5 : Train

    My word pair : Mail Train

  • #730888
    We will close this thread now. Thanks, everyone. Some of these word pairs will be taken up for a contest in the first week of June, and, as mentioned, those that are selected will be given points and cc at that time.

    Look out of this weekend's summer activity.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell


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