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The following sentence is from a football/soccer website - It's about a match between Juventus and Barcelona played yesterday evening in Turin, Italy.

Andres Iniesta was delighted to be given a standing ovation by the Juventus supporters when he was taken off.

My questions are these:

1) Is it really necessary to use the article "the" before "Juventus supporters"?

2) Is "he was taken off" a synonym for "he was substituted"? Are there other ways to say "he was taken off" or "he was substituted"? What about "he was replaced"?

By the way, is it " a synonym for" or " a synonym of"?

Thank you.

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1) In this context, 'the' is optional,

2) Yes, it is. Your alternatives are fine.

3) You will see both prepositions after 'a synonym' 'For' is more common.

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What is or are the opposites of "to substitute a (soccer) player"?

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What is or are the opposites of "to substitute a (soccer) player"?


There is no opposite. A player is either substituted or he isn't.

One player is brought off and another is sent on.

Is it possible to use "brought on" in the following way?

The manager brought on another substitute in the final minutes of the game.

Is it also possible to say the following as an alternative to the sentence above?

The manager sent on another substitute in the final minutes of the game.

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Yes to both questions.

And what about the following? Is it also correct?

The manager put on another substitute in the final minutes of the game.

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I've never heard that used.

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Should I use "took OUT" or "took OFF" in the sentence below?

The manager took out / took off Thompson for Neal in the 85th minute of the game.

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