In Grammar By Victoria

«Oil oil» in English, or strong and weak adjectives

Each of us have to talk about the movie review with the words: «It was a very good movie — It was a very good film!». And how to express his admiration, if it was more than a good film? It was a better film? — In this case, it must follow a comparison with some other film, t. To. Better — is the comparative of the adjective good. You say, then it was the best movie and I agree with you! It was the best film! (Superlative).


But there is another method for enhancing quality. We can replace them strong forms of adjectives. Strong adjective — is something to which we can not add the word «very», it is initially contains it, and it does not form degrees of comparison. So, «It was a very good film!» = «It was a great film».

Here are some of the strengths and weaknesses of adjectives:

Weak form
(calibrated)
Strong Form
(negraduiruemaya)
Very little (small) Tiny (tiny)
Very tasty (delicious) Delicious (delicious)
Very angry (angry) Furious (angry)
Very afraid (terrified) Terrified (scared to death)
Very tired (tired) Exhausted (and exhausted)
Very hot (hot, hot) Boiling (boiling)
Very hungry (hungry) Starving (starving)
Very big (big) Enormous (huge)
Very cold (cold) Freezing (iced)
Very dirty (dirty) Filthy (lousy)
Very good (good) Great (wonderful)
Very bad (bad) Awful (awful)
Very nasty (nasty) Dreadful (disgusting)
Very important (important) Essential (Important)
Very unusual (unusual) Extraordinary (strange)
Very cheerful (joyful) Hilarious (Happy)
Very expensive (expensive) Priceless (priceless)
Very funny (funny) Ridiculous (ridiculous)

For example:

Why are you so angry? — I’m always furious when I have to wait.

Is it a big house? — Yes, it’s enormous.

Was the weather bad? — Yes, it was awful.

Do you prefer hot tea? — Yes, I like boiling tea.

Are you hungry? — Yes, I am starving.

Why are your hands so dirty? — I know they are filthy, I was repairing my car.

The adverb very far from the only use weak adjectives. You can not just say «very hot», but also «quite hot» — «rather hot», «a little tired» — «a bit tired», «very important» — «extremely important».

Weak adjectives can be used in the proposal only with strong dialects, which are presented in the following table:

Strong adverb Weak adjective
Very (very)
Rather (rather)
Reasonably (reasonably)
Extremely (extremely)
Dreadfully (awful)
Hugely (very)
Immensely (immensely)
Intensely (intensive)
Slightly (slightly)
A bit (bit)
Little
Tasty
Angry
Afraid
Tired
Hot
Hungry
Big
Cold
Dirty
Good
Bad
Nasty
Important
Unusual
Cheerful
Expensive
Funny

But really strong adjectives can not be strengthened even further? It is possible, adding to them the weak adverbs. Strong adjectives can be used only with weak adverbs!

Weak adverb Strong adjective
Absolutely (absolutely)
Completely (completely)
Entirely (entirely)
Perfectly (completely)
Practically (almost)
Simply (easy)
Totally (completely)
Utterly (extremely)
Virtually (true)
Almost (almost)
Exclusively (solely)
Fully (completely)
Largely (largely)
Mainly (mostly)
Nearly (approximately)
Primarily (originally)
Tiny
Delicious
Furious
Terrified
Exhausted
Boiling
Starving
Enormous
Freezing
Filthy
Great
Awful
Dreadful
Essential
Extraordinary
Hilarious / delighted
Priceless
Ridiculous

Wasting money is simply ridiculous! — Spending money in vain — this is just ridiculous!

The boss gave us a practically impossible task. — The chief gave us almost incredible job.

I was totally exhausted just after I cleaned a two stored building. — I was completely iznemozhen immediately after removed the two-storey house.

You should not have bought that dress. It was almost priceless. — You should not have to buy the dress. It is almost priceless.

The previous winter was virtually freezing. — Last winter was really frosty.

The Sun in every solitude desert is utterly boiling. — The Sun in any unpopulated desert extremely scorching.

 

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