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 English Vocabulary for learners 

Words to use instead of
'amazing', 'angry', 'big', 'great', 'important', 'interesting', 'nice', 'really' and 'useful'.

Do you often wonder how to vary your vocabulary in order to avoid repetition?
This can be one of the biggest challenges in language learning.
Here are some replacement words you can use, with sentences showing how to use them.


    • Instead of ‘AMAZING', use:
      ‘astonishing’, ‘incredible’, unbelievable’, ‘extraordinary’, ‘fabulous’:
      • Obesity has increased at an astonishing rate.
      • We had dinner in a small restaurant that served incredible food.
      • The size of the pizzas was unbelievable.
      • It’s not often you get such an extraordinary opportunity.
      • Travelling across the Unites States was a fabulous experience.

    • Instead of ‘ANGRY', use:
      ‘exasperated’, ‘furious’, ‘irate’, ‘indignant’:
      • Emma was exasperated by the attitude of the travel agent.
      • My dad was furious when he saw the damage to his car.
      • An irate passenger constantly complained during the flight.
      • Many parents were indignant at the way their children were treated.

    • Instead of ‘AWESOME', use:
      ‘fantastic’, ‘impressive’, ‘magnificent’, 'outstanding’, ‘remarkable’ :
      • Harry has just accepted a fantastic job opportunity.
      • The young actor's performance was impressive.
      • The celebrations ended with a magnificent firework display.
      • Tiger Woods was, and still is, an outstanding golfer.
      • The rescue team climbed the mountain with remarkable agility.

    • Instead of ‘BIG', use:
      ‘large’, ‘great’, huge’, ‘massive’:
      • A flock of large birds flew over our heads.
      • There is great difference between words and actions.
      • The actor’s performance was a huge success.
      • A massive effort will be required to clean the beaches.

    • Instead of ‘GREAT’, use:
      ‘brilliant’, ‘remarkable’, ‘splendid’, ‘superb’, ‘outstanding’:
      • The actor gave a brilliant performance.
      • The teacher said that Alex had made remarkable progress.
      • We visited one of the most splendid monuments in Europe.
      • From our room we had a superb view of the mountains.
      • She handled the situation with outstanding ability.

    • Instead of ‘IMPORTANT', use:
      ‘fundamental’, ‘major’, ‘notable’, ‘significant’:
      • Unemployment was one of the fundamental issues discussed.
      • Tokyo and New York are major financial centres.
      • One notable innovation was the use of a solar power system.
      • The opposition called for significant changes to the welfare system.

    • Instead of ‘INTERESTING’, use:
      ‘captivating’, ‘engrossing’, ‘fascinating’, ‘gripping’, ‘intriguing’:
      • The story he told was so captivating that nobody made a sound.
      • The second half of the book was the most engrossing.
      • He wrote a gripping account of his adventures.
      • She was one of the most fascinating women of her time.

    • Instead of ‘LOOK’, use:
      ‘glance’, 'gaze', ‘inspect’, ‘observe’, ‘stare':
      • He glanced at his wife and saw her smiling.
      • She sat on the balcony gazing at the stars.
      • We got out of the car to inspect the damage.
      • I want you to observe the man carefully and tell how he behaves.
      • Don't stand there staring at me. Tell me what you want!

    • Instead of ‘NICE’, use:
      'enjoyable', 'good', ‘kind’, ‘lovely’, ‘thoughtful’:
      • We spent an enjoyable evening with our new neighbours.
      • We all had a good time at the barbecue.
      • It was kind of them to invite us.
      • Mr. Brown's wife is a lovely person.
      • There was a babysitter to look after the children. How thoughful!

    • Instead of ‘REALLY’, use:
      ‘genuinely’, ‘truly’, ‘indeed’, ‘undoubtedly’, ‘unquestionably’:
      • She seemed genuinely sorry to have caused trouble.
      • Having an interpreter with us was truly an advantage.
      • The negotiators were indeed happy to have reached an agreement.
      • She was undoubtedly the most talented member of the group.
      • He was unquestionably the best candidate.

    • Instead of ‘USEFUL', use:
      ‘advantageous’, ‘beneficial’, ‘effective’, ‘valuable’:
      • Speaking good English can be advantageous when applying for a job.
      • The arrangement was beneficial to both supplier and customer.
      • Television is an effective means of communication.
      • This reference book would be a valuable addition to any library.

see also:
English idiomatic expressions

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