In this episode, you’ll learn some incredibly useful intensifiers like incredibly, seriously and exceptionally, so that you can make your adjectives sound seriously intense and make your English exceptionally brilliant.
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Intensifiers – Part 1: really, very, quite, pretty and fairly: http://www.inglespodcast.com/372
With strong adjectives (awful, disgusting, brilliant, fascinating), we normally use intensifiers like:
absolutely awful, exceptionally brilliant, totally fascinating, extremely excited
Some intensifiers go with particular adjectives depending on the meaning of the adjective:
- DANGEROUSLY ill, hot, loose
- SERIOUSLY damaged, hurt, disadvantaged
- HIGHLY intelligent, successful, (un)likely
- BITTERLY unhappy, disappointed, cold
- SADLY mistaken, neglected, missed
- DEEPLY hurt, offended, saddened
- PERFECTLY clear, obvious, normal
- WIDELY accepted, agreed, available
I STRONGLY disagree.
Reza’s students are RATHER noisy.
His English is ABSOLUTELY amazing.
His dad is SERIOUSLY ill.
If you think I’m lending you more money, you’re SORELY mistaken.
It’s EXTREMELY hot in Valencia.
Mickey Mouse is a HIGHLY successful cartoon character.
Craig is CLEARLY unhappy at missing Mickey’s appearance at Disneyland.
He was COMPLETELY drunk.
The meal was DREADFULLY expensive.
Our neighbour’s TOTALLY crazy.
When I heard the news I was UTTERLY devastated
Luis’s voice message was REMARKABLY clear.
More informal/colloquial intensifiers
That joke was DEAD funny.
This Rolex watch is BLOODY expensive.
That convertible sports car is SO cool, man!
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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On next week’s episode: When to use ‘for me’ and ‘to me’
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