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    Hallo dear friends !



    Please , Could you tell me whether these sentences are correct or incorrect ?? and why if they're incorrect ??





    1- It's very cold !


    2- It's very freezing !


    3- It's really windy !


    4- It's incredibly windy !


    5- It's really boiling today !


    6- It's incredibly boiling today !


    7- I was absolutely frightened !


    8- I was absolutely terrified !




    So many thanks in advance



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    Re: Correct or Incorrect ?!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Shakespeare View Post
    Hallo dear friends !



    Please , Could you tell me whether these sentences are correct or incorrect ?? and why if they're incorrect ??





    1- It's very cold !


    2- It's very freezing !


    3- It's really windy !


    4- It's incredibly windy !


    5- It's really boiling today !


    6- It's incredibly boiling today !


    7- I was absolutely frightened !


    8- I was absolutely terrified !




    So many thanks in advance


    Not a teacher.

    All are OK, except:

    If it's freezing, it is freezing. It's not "very freezing."

    Also, I have not heard anyone use "boiling" when talking about the weather. It can be very hot, or very humid, or even very steamy. But not boiling.

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    Re: Correct or Incorrect ?!!

    Not a teacher.

    All are OK, except:

    If it's freezing, it is freezing. It's not "very freezing."

    Well , thank you very much


    Also, I have not heard anyone use "boiling" when talking about the weather. It can be very hot, or very humid, or even very steamy. But not boiling.
    I see , but I've read this "boiling" in one of my English books , published in Oxford ! May be it's a new expression !
    Anyway , Thanks a lot

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    Re: Correct or Incorrect ?!!

    I've heard "boiling" too.

    "It's boiling out there."
    "It's boiling today."
    "Gosh it's boiling."

    All would make sense in the form "boiling hot" as well, just as "freezing" in all your examples could be expanded to "freezing cold".



    EDIT: the reason we wouldn't use "very freezing" or "very boiling" is more to do with meaning than grammar, I think. Freezing and boiling are adjectives and can be used in a non-literal sense to describe the weather, but they have a literal specific meaning as well relating to changes of state and as such it sounds very odd to try to modify them with adverbs like "very" as that implies there are levels of "freezingness".

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    I'd use "boiling" too.

    Lord, but it's boiling out there today.

    I wouldn't use "absolutely frightened" either.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Well , then all of them are correct but :

    It's very freezing !


    I've got this exactly !

    But what about this ?!

    I was absolutely frightened !


    Why do we consider this as incorrect ?!

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    How about "it's freezing very much"?

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    Re: Correct or Incorrect ?!!

    "Absolutely frightened" isn't incorrect, just not natural.

    "It's freezing very much" doesn't work either. If the temperature is below a certain point (0 C at sea level), water will freeze. If it's ten degrees colder, it's still freezing. There is no more or less, or very or slight, freezing. It is or it isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "It's freezing very much" doesn't work either. If the temperature is below a certain point (0 C at sea level), water will freeze. If it's ten degrees colder, it's still freezing. There is no more or less, or very or slight, freezing. It is or it isn't.
    I get this logic, but in Polish, we use this illogical expression - that's why I asked!

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    Re: Correct or Incorrect ?!!

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I get this logic, but in Polish, we use this illogical expression - that's why I asked!
    Interesting. Someone might come in from the cold here and say "It's really freezing out there!"

    But not "very."

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