In this quick win lesson, you’ll learn 5 POWERFUL adjectives to boost your fluency when you speak in English.
LEVEL: Upper Intermediate and Advanced English Lesson
What is a powerful adjective?
A powerful adjective is an adjective that replaces ‘very + adjective’. Clear?! Probably not! Let me give you an example:
- Last weekend we went to Bologna. We had lunch at this very cool cafe in the main piazza. I had some very good tortellini and a very nice glass of wine…
Read those sentences again. Does it sound a bit repetitive and boring to you?
I’m using the word ‘very’ far too much. And it doesn’t sound great, does it?!
Let’s try again:
- Last weekend we went to Bologna. We had lunch at this hip cafe in the main piazza. I had some tasty tortellini and an excellent glass of wine…
See? More interesting!
Why use powerful adjectives?
As you can see in the example above, when you use powerful and stronger adjectives, you can be more creative in English. You can express exactly what you want more easily, and your conversations are more interesting and fluent.
Below, you’ll learn 5 more powerful adjectives that will help you on your way to speaking in a more creative and confident way.
Can I use 'very' with powerful adjectives?
We do not normally use very with these kind of adjectives. We do not say something is ‘very enormous‘ or someone is ‘very brilliant‘.
With strong adjectives, we normally use intensifiers like:
1. Very busy - swamped
“I wish I could attend the talk tomorrow, but I’m absolutely swamped with this new project we’re working on.”
2. Very poor - destitute
“The fires have left thousands of people destitute.”
3. Very painful- excruciating
“I had an excruciating headache all weekend, so I just stayed home.”
4. Very noisy- deafening
“I like the atmosphere in that bar, but the music is deafening.”
5. Very damaging/upsetting = devastating
“The drought has had devastating consequences.”
“We are deeply saddened by the devastating tragedy yesterday in London.”
Now it’s over to you – Write a phrase or two of your own in the comments showing how you would use these powerful adjectives.