Category adjectives

Quiz card #011

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Vary your vocabulary

This afternoon’s class focussed on alternative words for common adjectives. Have you ever used any of these before? happy => CHUFFED sad => GUTTED good => TERRIFIC bad => DIRE angry => CHEESED OFF interesting => MIND-BLOWING attractive => STUNNING shocked => FLABBERGASTED Over to you … Can you think of a situation you have […]


Which is the more natural sequence when using adjectives to describe an object or person? A blue, cotton, lovely top A cotton, lovely, blue top A lovely, blue, cotton top A cotton, blue, lovely top A blue, lovely, cotton top A lovely, cotton, blue top If in doubt, think OSASCO PANAMA! But what is OSASCO […]

When is a mistake not really a mistake?

Air quality would improve if there were less cars on the road. That sentence sounds so natural and yet, if you wrote it in a test, it would be marked as wrong. What is the error then? Can you correct the sentence? Can the mistake lead to a misunderstanding?

Hungry or very, very hungry?

My menu for today was – 2 croissants (chocolate-filled!) for breakfast, a banana for lunch and another banana during the afternoon break. If I was preparing my body for the summer season, trying to lose excess weight to look good as I parade along the sandy shoreline in swimming shorts, then that would have been […]

Mosquitoes and flies – IRRITATED or IRRITATING?

  When you’re woken up in the middle of the night by mosquitoes … it’s happened to most of us at one time or another. In spite of their small size, they are very IRRITATING insects and I am extremely IRRITATED when they interrupt my sleep. It’s the same with flies, especially if I’m eating out […]


“Oval” was the word she needed but instead she charmingly described it as “a straight circle”, which of course brought a smile to my face. In such a situation, she could have said that …