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    ping0303 is offline Newbie
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    Unhappy Vocabulary questions

    Hello!
    I want to ask that when I write an essay ,if I must to use some harder vocabulary?
    For example, is this sentence:"I am delighted that you are here. " better than :"I am happy that you are here."?
    I want to know if I use some harder vocabulary , will raise the level of my essay, or not.

    Sorry, I don't know if my expression can let you really understand what I want to ask.But I really need your help.Thanks.

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    ping0303 is offline Newbie
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    Re: Vocabulary questions

    Thank you for your answer.

    Could I ask you if this sentence:
    "I am extremely pleased that you could come."
    I change the two words
    "I am very happy that you could come."

    Do others will think the first one is better,or actually it's no difference?
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Vocabulary questions

    Quote Originally Posted by ping0303 View Post
    Thank you for your answer.

    Could I ask you if this sentence:
    "I am extremely pleased that you could come."
    I change the two words
    "I am very happy that you could come."

    Do others will think the first one is better,or actually it's no difference?
    Thanks a lot.
    It depends on the culture too.
    Westerners generally tend to exaggerate a bit in their language. They like to use words like extremely, absolutely, awesome, marvellous, etc. And 'a bit' may mean 'a lot'!
    Asians, on the other hand, are more modest and restrained and are not used to using such words. Chances are, they are more moderate in their description of things.

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    Re: Vocabulary questions

    Quote Originally Posted by ping0303 View Post
    Hello!
    I want to ask that when I write an essay ,if I must to use some harder vocabulary?
    For example, is this sentence:"I am delighted that you are here. " better than :"I am happy that you are here."?
    I want to know if I use some harder vocabulary , will raise the level of my essay, or not.

    Sorry, I don't know if my expression can let you really understand what I want to ask.But I really need your help.Thanks.
    Using correct, specific vocabulary will get you higher marks. These may be more difficult because they are likely to be different from the general basic vocabulary that you learn.

    You don't have to use words just because they are 'harder'.

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