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Vocabulary: Base and Strong Adjectives


Base adjectives versus strong adjectives

Base adjectives

Base adjectives are normal adjectives that don't have the idea of 'very'

Strong adjectives

Strong adjectives, however, are extreme adjectives that have the idea of 'very'

Examples

  • gorgeous = very beautiful
  • huge = very big
Base Adjectives Strong Adjectives
beautiful gorgeous
ugly awful
dirty filthy
good superb, great, fantastic
bad terrible
happy thrilled
angry furious
hungry starving
tired exhausted
funny hilarious
big huge, enormous
small tiny
fat obese
scared terrified
cold freezing
hot boiling

The use of very, absolutely and really with base and strong adjectives

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

  very absolutely really
Base adjectives
true
false
true
Strong adjectives
false
true
true

Examples:

  • He was very happy; he was absolutely thrilled.
  • He was really happy/thrilled.

Related material

Base and strong adjectives exercise

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