Jan 11, 2020
Intensifiers -- Americans love to sound exciting and interesting by using intensifiers. Yes, they can be overused, but I notice that many English learners don’t use them at all! The English students I have who DO use them sound much more natural and native-like.
Intensifiers you probably already know include:
And also we can use more interesting words instead of simply re-using these 3 basic words over and over.
Very big = enormous
Very small = tiny
Very smart = brilliant
Very bad = awful, horrible, dreadful
Very sure = certain
Very good = excellent, amazing, awesome
Very tasty = delicious
We can also add more interesting intensifiers before the better vocabulary words:
You’ll notice that often, certain intensifiers are paired with specific vocabulary words, for example:
Absolutely dreadful, horrible, delicious
Absolutely amazing, incredible, wonderful, fantastic, brilliant
Awfully good, interesting
Remember these pairings, called collocations! You’ll sound much more native-like. We can mix them up in different combinations too, but those are really common and easy to memorize and start using.
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