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STRONG / GRADABLE ADJECTIVES(B1.2)

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AFTER TRYING THE VALENCIA MARATHON RUNNERS FELT ABSOLUTELY EXHAUSTED

 

“EXHAUSTED” is a strong  (non-gradable = strong= extreme) adjective which means very, very TIRED

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT GRADABLE & NON-GRADABLE =STRONG ADJECTIVES?

 

 

 

 

Gradable/ Strong Adjectives

Tom is very cold.

Sarah is absolutely freezing.

Cold is a “weak” or “gradable” adjective.  It could be 5°, 10°, or more or less than this.  We use it with words like:

slightly cold, a bit cold, very cold, extremely cold

Freezing is a “strong” or “ungradable” adjective – it is very, very cold!  It can’t be a bit freezing, so we use it with words which mean “the most”.

absolutely freezing, completely freezing, utterly freezing

If you aren’t sure whether an adjective is strong or weak, you can use “really” – it works with all adjectives.

really
very absolutely
hot boiling
funny hilarious
surprising amazing hungry starving tired exhausted

Similar to very: slightly, a bit, a little, extremely, terribly, incredibly.

Similar to absolutely: completely, utterly, totally.

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS PRESENTATION and LEARN ABOUT THE RULES

 

MULTIPLE CHOICE EXERCISES

http://www.ihbristol.com/learn-online/exercise-general/intermediate/vocabulary/strong-adjectives/110/

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