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    Absolutely satisfied? Very satisfied?

    We are taught that adjectives in English can be classified into gradable (e.g quite hot, very hot, ...) and non-gradable, the latter of which can only be preceded by certain intensifiers such as 'absolutely' but not others like 'very, quite'.
    E.g. Very beautiful - correct, hence beautiful is gradable
    E.g. very gorgeous - wrong, hence gorgeous is nongradable

    However, I can't determine the class 'satisfied' belongs to since absolutely satisfied and very satisfied seem to be correct and used by many. What do you think ? :)

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    Re: Absolutely satisfied? Very satisfied?

    I would say it is "gradable" but perhaps in a different way than you outline above.

    In the sense that one could partly satisfy certain criteria, or completely satisfy said criteria, it seems "gradable". However, if the criteria are satisfied completely, this means they are also satisfied in an absolute manner... or absolutely satisfied?

    Just my thoughts... Sorry, I just typed as I was thinking! I do believe one can be very satisfied or absolutely satisfied!

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    Re: Absolutely satisfied? Very satisfied?

    I believe satisfy cannot be considered gradable in the way you stated above. However, it can be graded. For example, one can be partly satisfied or completely satisfied. One can therefore also be absolutely satisfied.

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    Re: Absolutely satisfied? Very satisfied?

    Oops! My first post didn't post immediately, so i did another!

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    Re: Absolutely satisfied? Very satisfied?

    Power English, were you not told to indicate in every answer you give that you are "not a teacher"? Please comply with moderator's requests.

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    Re: Absolutely satisfied? Very satisfied?

    For me, "satisfied" is gradable.

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    Re: Absolutely satisfied? Very satisfied?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For me, "satisfied" is gradable.
    Thanks, so, does it mean then that 'absolutely satisfied' is not a correct collocation?
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    Re: Absolutely satisfied? Very satisfied?

    No — it means the opposite: 'absolutely satisfied' is correct.

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    Re: Absolutely satisfied? Very satisfied?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Power English, were you not told to indicate in every answer you give that you are "not a teacher"? Please comply with moderator's requests.
    Not a teacher.

    Apologies! Consider it done from now on. Is it possible to include a signature stating that?
    Last edited by Power English; 23-Feb-2015 at 17:26. Reason: Added "Not a teacher"

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    Re: Absolutely satisfied? Very satisfied?

    Yes. Please do that.

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