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    Default The meaning of fabulous

    Hello,

    What is the difference between 'extremely good' and 'very great'?

    Isn't something that is 'very good' called 'great'?

    This is how the adjective 'fabulous' is defined in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary:

    1 (informal)
    extremely good
    a fabulous performance
    Jana is a fabulous cook.
    The food looks fabulous.
    2 (formal)
    very great
    fabulous wealth/riches/beauty

    Thanks

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    Default Re: The meaning of fabulous

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    Hello,

    What is the difference between 'extremely good' and 'very great'?

    Isn't something that is 'very good' called 'great'?

    This is how the adjective 'fabulous' is defined in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary:

    1 (informal)
    extremely good
    a fabulous performance
    Jana is a fabulous cook.
    The food looks fabulous.
    2 (formal)
    very great
    fabulous wealth/riches/beauty

    Thanks
    As far as I can see the dictionary is defining them as having the same meaning.

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    Default Re: The meaning of fabulous

    I agree that "very good" and "very great" are often used to mean the same thing - but not always.
    Take the dictionary example:

    In 1 (informal), "extremely good" refers to the quality of the performance/cooking/look of the food.
    Whereas, in 2 (informal), "very great" refers to the quantity, extent or degree of the wealth/riches/beauty.

    A very great [ie extensive] famine would not be an extremely good [ie welcome/positive] thing, would it?
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: The meaning of fabulous

    Isn't something that is 'very good' called 'great'?
    We have no shortage of words. Something could be great or fabulous or excellent or awesome or fantastic.

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