There are different kinds of adjectives in English. In this post we want to tell you the differences between ordinary and extreme adjectives and how to emphasis an ordinary or extreme adjective.
Adjectives consist of ordinary and extreme.
- Ordinary adjectives such as:
Example: Cold, hot, furious…
- Extreme adjectives such as:
Example: Freezing (very cold), boiling (very hot), furious (very angry)…
You should know how to emphasis an ordinary or extreme adjectives.
1-Most adjectives can be used with very, or really and in the comparative form with even for emphasis.
“Yesterday was very/really cold, but today is even colder.”
Note: Really is more informal than very.
2-Extreme adjectives can not be preceded by very or in the comparative form by even. If you want to emphasis them, you must use “absolutely “or “really”.
“I was absolutely/really furious.”
Note: you can not use absolutely with ordinary adjectives.
DON’T SAY: “Today is absolutely cold.”
SAY: “Today is absolutely freezing.”
There is a list of some common extreme adjectives below:
- Hilarious (very funny)
- Boiling (very hot)
- Delicious (very tasty)
- Amazed (very shocking)
- Filthy (very dirty)
- Huge (very large)
- Terrified (very frightening)
- Delighted (very pleased)
- Freezing (very cold)
- Exhausted (very tired)
- Spotless (very clean)
- Furious (very angry)