VOCABULARY: Strong Adjectives

Adjectives are words that describe the qualities of something. 
ACTIVITY 1. Brainstorming of adjectives:
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Some adjectives in English are gradable – that means you can have different degrees or levels of that quality. For example, the weather can be very cold  or extremely cold.
You can use adverbs like really and very with normal adjectives.

I thought the film was really/very good 


ADJECTIVES CAN BE NORMAL OR STRONG
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What Are Extreme or strong(er) Adjectives?

Extreme/ STRONG(ER) adjectives or non-gradable adjectives are words that mean “very/extremely + adjective”.
So,these adjectives are used instead of using very + a normal adjective.
Examples,

This is a big cat.

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This is a huge  = very big cat.


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This is a small icecream.

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This is a tiny/ very small icecream.

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This is an angry baby.

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This is a furious (very angry) baby

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This is a tired panda bear

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This is an exhausted (very tired) polar bear

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This is an ugly dog.

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This is an awful/very ugly dog.

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Here, you have a list of adjectives and their strong ones.

normal AdjectivesStrong Adjectives
beautifulgorgeous
uglyawful
dirtyfilthy
goodsuperb, great, fantastic
badterrible
happythrilled
angryfurious
hungrystarving
tiredexhausted
funnyhilarious
bighuge, enormous
smalltiny
fatobese
scaredterrified
coldfreezing
hotboiling

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Activity 2. Click on the following links and do these exercises:

  1.  Base and strong adjectives exercise
  2.  Strong adjectives - Oxford University Press

Strong adjectives are more expressive than normal adjectives and are used with adverbs like absolutely, completely .
Examples:
  • I’m absolutely furious.
  • We’re completely exhausted.
The adverbs pretty and really can be used with both normal and extreme adjectives:

  • This room is pretty/really dirty. (normal)
  • This room is pretty/really filthy. (extreme)
Activity 3. Use strong adjectives to complete the gaps in the exercise below.

1. Your sister is very beautiful. Your sister is absolutely .

2.  I think Ricky Gervais is very funny. He's absolutely .

3. Put your socks in the washing machine! They're very dirty. They're absolutely .

4. It was very cold last January. It was absolutely .

5. His apartment is very small. It's absolutely 




The use of adverbs like very, absolutely and really with normal and strong adjectives

Very, absolutely and really are used differently according whether the adjective is a base or a strong one:

veryabsolutelyreally
Base adjectives
true
false
true
Strong adjectives
false
true
true


ACTIVITY 3. Watch the following video.




ACTIVITY 4. Take the quizzes to test your knowledge of extreme adjectives:

Quiz: Extreme Adjectives In English

Choose the correct extreme adjective to complete each sentence.
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Quiz: Adverbs With Extreme Adjectives

Decide whether the adverb-adjective combination is correct or incorrect.
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ACTIVITIES TO PRINT:

Extreme Adjectives - Onestopenglish


USEFUL LINKS

https://www.espressoenglish.net/extreme-adjectives-in-english/
http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/vocabulary-lesson-base-strong-adjectives.php