This is our second lesson built to help you expand your English vocabulary. In this lesson we are going to take a simple, often used word and expand your English vocabulary by learning words with a similar meaning (synonyms). I will give you definitions and example sentences. Your goal is to practice these words every day this week.
How to Practice
If you want these words to become a part of your vocabulary, then you have to practice them. Here are some of my favorite ways of how to do this.
- Use them in a conversation.
- Practice with a language partner. This could be a friend or someone that you find online.
- Write a sentence every day. If you post them to the comment section, I’ll check as many as I can.
- Google the word to see how other people use it in a sentence.
Let’s start expanding your English vocabulary!
This week’s word is possible
Our Synonyms are feasible, practical, viable
Possible means that something can be done, or that it is able to happen. It means that it is within reach. Just because something is possible, doesn’t mean that it will happen, it means that there is not a reason it cannot happen. So basically possible means it can happen, maybe it will and maybe it won’t.
- Please let me know when it is possible for us to meet?
- Given this setback, I’m not sure it’s still possible to meet your expectations.
Here are our synonyms!
Feasible, means that something can happen, just like possible. It doesn’t necessarily mean that something will happen, it just mens there isn’t a reason that it can’t. However one small difference between possible and feasible, is the likelihood of something happening. When something is feasible it’s reasonably easy to accomplish. So everything necessary for something to be accomplished is available, therefore it’s feasible to get it done….that still doesn’t mean it’ll happen though.
- I have so much to do today, I don’t think it’ll be feasible for me to get that done too.
- It is definitely feasible to get all of this done by the deadline. I’ll start working on it now.
Practical is a little bit different than possible. Possible just means that it can happen. It refers to something actually being able to be carried out or done. Practical also refers to whether or not something should happen. It’s not just a matter of it being possible, but also a matter of it being useful. Just because something can be done, doesn’t mean it should be done. When something is practical, then it is possible and also useful. Although, it must be said, what is considered useful is a matter of opinion.
- The company decided that it isn’t practical to expand at this time.
- When coming up with ideas, please make sure that are practical.
Viable, like feasible means that something is able to be done successful. It’s more than something being possible. When something is viable, it has to be possible, feasible, and it’s usually practical. When something is viable it is possible, and also relatively able to be done or likely to happen. When something is viable it means that it should work. Think about it this way, when thinking of ways to solve a problem, you wouldn’t give solutions that you know you can’t actually do. You would only mention things that are within your ability and are likely to work. Those would be viable options.
- This solution sounds amazing, but I’m not sure it’s viable for us, given that we are just a small group of people.
- Parents want their children to major in something that gives them a viable career path.
To wrap things up….
Possible means that something can happen. Feasible, means you have what you need to make it happen. Practical means, whatever you’re doing is useful. Viable means something is possible, you have what you need to do it, and it’s usually useful. None of these words mean that something is guaranteed to happen.
That’s it, now go practice these words.
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