words to use instead of 'very'Revision:
to get on with - to get over - on top of that - to point out somethingNotes:
* There is no set of clear rules about which words these adverbs can collocate with. It's a good idea to make a note when you hear or read of them and build up a collection to practice from.
an absolute or unconditional manner; strenthens strong adjectives, (i.e. cold
, a base adjective, freezing
, a strong adjective) can also mean a strong 'yes', i.e.
- Do you agree with my opinion?- Absolutely. bliss / blissfully -
- The movie was absolutely brilliant.
- Her party was absolutely terrible.
extremely happy, i.e.
- Our holiday was so relaxing, such bliss.
- She is blissfully happy in her new job.
wholly; entirely; in every way possible, used to emphasize the
following word, i.e.
- The way you spoke to Robert was completely wrong. Very rude. You must apologise.
- The town is completely different now.
to high degree or strength, i.e.
- He is extremely anxious about the exam.
- I'm extremely pleased to be able to offer you the job.
more and more, i.e.
- They are increasingly bored living there and want to move to another town.
- I'm increasingly worried about his health: he's working too hard and not relaxing at all.
entirely; completely, i.e.
- I'm totally confused by these instructions.
- Your son's behaviour in our school is totally unacceptable.
as an adverb it is used the same as absolutely, (often with negative
adjectives) but cannot be used as a strong 'yes', i.e.
- His argument was utterly ridiculous.
- Her essay was utterly brilliant.
always intensifies a negative meaning, i.e.
- She was bitterly upset not to get the job.
- I'm bitterly disappointed that our team lost after all their practice and hard work.
- something seems to be true but may not be soApparently, he's going to take the job in Sweden.
- repellent; sickening or disgraceful, i.e.
(to) get on with
- His table manners are disgusting.
- The way she spoke to her mother was disgusting.
- (Phrasal Verb)
1) to continue with a task
2) to have a good relationship with someone, i.e.1) Let's get on with cleaning the kitchen.1) After break we got on with the lesson.
2) She get's on very well with her brother. 2) He doesn't get on with his new boss at all.(to) get over
- (Phrasal verb) to recover from illness or trauma of some kind, i.e.
- She's got over the flu now and will be back at work on Monday.
- He's slowly getting over the divorce.
- She's finding it hard to get over her mother's death.
- a bad dream; something goes badly wrong; a disaster, a terrible thing, i.e.
on top of that
- The holiday was a nightmare, everything went wrong.
- I hated working in that city, terrible traffic, pollution, a high crime rate, filthy streets, an absolute nightmare.
- ( idiom) and another thing; usually used in negative sentences, i.e.Well, firstly everyone came late so the dinner was over-cooked, then John broke two of ourbest wine glasses, then on top of that Julia had this terible argument with David. The evening was a nightmare.
(to) point out something
- to indicate, to draw someone's awareness to something, i.e.
- I must point out that you have been coming late for a few weeks now.
- Let me point out that in actual fact the professor did deny ever saying that.
- (Phrasal Verb) delapidated, in poor condition, (usually about areas of town;
- They lived in a very run-down area in the north of the town.
- Well, the building is a bit run-down but it's still worth a lot of money.