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I need help. Here is an easy short story written by L.A Hill published by OUP.

The title of the book is “Elementary Comprehension Pieces”

After the story there are some exercise. One of them is as follows.

Find words in the story which mean the opposite of:

  1. ugly b hard  c slowly  d awake  e nest.

I can easily find the answers for a,b, c, d but what about e?

What is the word opposite of “nest”? Is there one in the following story?

I cannot find it. I thought it was an error. The writer meant “ next” instead of “nest” but then the opposite of “next” is “previous”. If “before” can be an answer for the opposite of “next” it may work. What do you think?


   13.  Have you got a camera?  I have got a good one. I like taking photographs.

     It is my hobby. I prefer colour photographs because they are more beautiful than black and white         ones. I usually have a colour film in my camera. I like photographing flowers very much. I have some very good photographs of the roses in my garden. I also like photographing children. I watch them carefully and wait patiently until I get a good picture of them. It is not easy, because children move very quickly and they never stop except when they are asleep.

Some of my friends like to show all their photographs to others. They invite them to dinner and then bring out their photographs. Some of them are terrible(… ‘And here is a photograph of an old man and a donkey. I took it in Italy last summer. It was rather dark when I took it, and the donkey was half behind the rock, but its tail is there—on the left. Do you see it?... Yes, that thing on the right is the old man’s back. He turned round before I took the photograph’…) I show my photograph only when people want to see them: and I show only my good ones!


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Hi, Apple,

@apple posted:

The writer meant “ next” instead of “nest” but then the opposite of “next” is “previous”.

No, the opposite of "next" is "last." "following" is a more suitable opposite for "previous," especially in reported speech. The adjective "last" can be found in this sentence from the text:

- I took it in Italy last summer / I'll take it in Italy next summer.

- He said he had taken it in Italy the previous summer / He said he would take it in Italy the following summer.

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Unlike abstract nouns and adjectives, concrete nouns usually don't have opposites, and "nest" is concrete.

It does seem that "nest" was a typo for "next"—I agree. If "nest" had been the intended word, and the text had been written in such a way as to accommodate a possible antonym, "nest" could have been treated as a verb meaning "get settled" (cf. "a nesting instinct"), an antonym of which is arguably "move." When we move (that is to say, when we change our place of residence), we become unsettled somewhere in order to get settled (nest) someplace else.

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