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    #1

    bloody/f*cking/freaking

    Hi! In the sentence "These knots are bloody tight" since tight is an adjective , is bloody used as an adverb?

    Moreover, is the meaning of bloody similar to f*cking and freaking which (as far as I know) are both used to emphasize something?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 14-Jun-2014 at 13:31. Reason: Asterisked the actual swear word (the "f-word")

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    Re: bloody/ fucking/ freaking

    Yes, 'bloody' is an adverb here. It can also be an adjective.
    No, 'bloody' is tamer than those f-words which, if they emphasise anything, it's that the speaker doesn't belong in polite company. I guess it emphasises like 'fottuto' does.
    Keep these words within a close circle of friends and enemies.

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    #3

    Re: bloody/f*cking/freaking

    In BrE, "bloody" is used regularly. Don't use it in job interviews, with your boss or your elderly grandmother but in normal everyday speech, it basically means "very".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: bloody/f*cking/freaking

    You will rarely here "bloody" in AmE except when referring to someone who has bled on something.

    You could use "very", "extremely", etc., to avoid the issue.

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    #5

    Re: bloody/f*cking/freaking

    I don't hear freaking used much in BrE.

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    #6

    Re: bloody/f*cking/freaking

    How about "friggin"?

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    Re: bloody/f*cking/freaking

    I hear "friggin(g)" more regularly. I think we've adopted it as a clean version of the main f-word.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: bloody/f*cking/freaking

    That is used.

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    #9

    Re: bloody/f*cking/freaking

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I hear "friggin(g)" more regularly. I think we've adopted it as a clean version of the main f-word.
    Cleaner, I'd accept.

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