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I am sorry again. Kindly give me an advice to the question in the title and let me thank you in advance. This is actually the continuation of the prior question.

Again, I am now trying to make a question in which readers need to choose appropriate words that are not appropriate as/for antonyms in the question.

For example, the whole current sentence as of now is below.

Now, choose the word(s) that is ( are ) NOT appropriate for antonym(s) of the words in the questions. The answer is not limited to one choice.

extraordinary

A. common

B. exceptional

C. conventional

D. average

In this case, the answer is B. Anyhow, I begin to have a question if the sentence of the very question is correct, where I am wondering which preposition I should use, namely, as or for, following after the word antonym.

I hope you understand me.

Thank you.

  • No need for sumimasen here! :) – P. E. Dant Aug 26 '16 at 22:10
  • We answer for free because we enjoy doing so! antonym for is the correct choice between for and as. (You could also use antonym of or even antonym to.) Also: you don't need the word appropriate here. It only confuses matters. Just say: Choose the word that is not an antonym of the word in the question. – P. E. Dant Aug 26 '16 at 22:16
  • I think OP was asking for an antonym or as an antonym. "Choose which words are not appropriate as antonyms for extraordinary". – Peter Aug 26 '16 at 22:20
  • @Peter The OP asks ...which preposition I should use, namely, as or for, following after the word antonym. Or am I misreading that somehow? It seems quite clear to me... – P. E. Dant Aug 26 '16 at 22:43
  • sigh Two questions here! For the question in the title: Appropriate as. For the question in the body: antonym of. – P. E. Dant Aug 26 '16 at 23:16
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Sorry for my intrusion but I think neither of the prepositions will work.

My advice is to rephrase it to:

  • Now, choose the word(s) that is NOT the antonym of the other words listed below. The answer is not limited to one choice.

or:

  • From the set of words listen below, choose a word(s), which you consider NOT to be antonyms of the other words. The answer is not limited to one choice.

Sometimes it is better to rephrase your sentence if you are having trouble phrasing it the way you want it to be.

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The sentence is not elegant English. However, "appropriate" can take a number of prepositions.

"X is appropriate as an example of Y" will sound normal to a native speaker.

"X is appropriate for that kind of use" will sound normal to a native speaker.

"X is appropriate to use under those circumstances" will sound normal to a native speaker.

I shall not try to formulate a general rule for which preposition will sound most appropriate to a native speaker under what circumstances. If any such rule exists, it may vary regionally or even from speaker to speaker. I would not worry about it if I were you.

In the specific question at issue, either "for" or "as" is grammatical. In the case of "for,", the question will be read as a contraction of

"Choose the word or words that are not appropriate for [use as] an antonym."

In the case of "as," the question will be read as a contraction of

"Choose the word or words that are not appropriate as [examples of] an antonym."

In any case, the question is wordy and thus in bad style. The whole issue can be avoided with

"Choose the word or words that are not antonyms."

(I do not even want to get into the sloppiness of word(s) is(are).)

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