What Is the Connection Between the Words “modern,” “antiquated” and “weak”?

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The relationship between modern, antiquated and weak involves an analogy similar to those found on standardized tests. The sequence goes “modern : antiquated :: weak :” which means “Modern is to antiquated as weak is to,” followed by word choices for the pupil to examine.

Viable answers include strong, firm, powerful, definite, unbreakable, able and healthy. Students recognize that modern and antiquated are antonyms, so sensible word choices that relate to the term weak contain the opposite definition.

Standardized tests let students complete the analogy from one of four choices. This type of question appears on the “verbal comprehension” or “language” part of tests.