Gradable and Extreme Adjectives- Jigsaw Games

Level: Beginner

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs

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Gradable and Extreme Adjectives- Jigsaw Games
Instructions for teachers
Choose which set(s) of cards from below you are going to use. Cut up one set of cards per
group of two to four students. The cards can be cut up many different ways, but make sure
that that each card is made up of at least two boxes from the table (in other words there 
are no cards consisting of just one box). With weaker classes, you can cut the worksheet 
into cards with three, four or even five boxes each. With the four columns version, you 
might want to tell them at least one corner (and maybe all four corners), or give them the 
grid with corners to work on.  

After completing the jigsaw and checking their answers with a copy of the worksheet, 
students can test each other on the words, by:
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Reading out a gradable and extreme adjective and seeing if their partner can identify
which is which

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Reading   out   a   gradable   adjective   and   seeing   if   their   partner   can   say   the   extreme
version of it

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Reading out a gradable or extreme adjective and seeing if their partner can say the
other version

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Reading out a word and seeing if their partner can say the opposite (making sure that
the opposite of an extreme adjective is another extreme adjective)

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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Cards to cut up/ Suggested answers
Gradable and extreme adjective pairs version

annoying/ irritating

infuriating

ugly

hideous

bad

awful/ dreadful/ terrible

good

great/ fantastic/ splendid

boring

mind-numbing/ stupefying

interesting

fascinating/ spellbinding

exciting

gripping/ thrilling

dirty

filthy

confusing

mind-boggling/ mystifying

glad/ happy/ pleased

overjoyed

disappointed

devastated

tasty

mouth-watering

tiring

exhausting

expensive/ pricey

exorbitant

full

stuffed

unimportant

pointless/ worthless

impressive

awe inspiring

loud/ noisy

ear-splitting

moving

heart-wrenching

old

ancient

painful

excruciating

silly

idiotic/ ridiculous

surprised

amazed/ astonished

thirsty

parched

hungry/ peckish

starving

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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Synonyms of gradable and extreme adjectives version

amusing

funny

hilarious

side-splitting

annoyed

irritated/

angry

furious

enraged

attractive/

pretty

good looking

gorgeous

stunning

big

large

huge/

gigantic

massive/

enormous

little

small

tiny

minuscule/

minute

cool

cold

freezing

frozen

warm

hot

baking/

boiling

roasting

sad

unhappy

miserable

heartbroken

drunk

tipsy/ merry

wasted/

wrecked

blotto

sleepy

tired

exhausted

shattered/

knackered

frightened

scared

terrified

petrified

necessary

important

crucial/ vital

essential

nice

pleasant

charming/

lovely

delightful

rich

wealthy

filthy rich

loaded

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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Opposites of gradable and extreme adjectives version
Gradable and extreme adjective pairs are next to each other, with opposites above/ below

attractive/ good looking/

pretty

gorgeous/ stunning

ugly

hideous

good

great/ brilliant/ fantastic/

terrific

bad

awful/ disastrous/

dreadful/ terrible

big/ large

huge/ massive/ gigantic/

enormous

small/ little

tiny/ minuscule/ minute

boring

mind-numbing

interesting

captivating/ fascinating/

spellbinding

cool/ cold

freezing/ frozen

warm/ hot

boiling/ baking/ roasting

depressed/ sad/ unhappy

miserable/ heartbroken

glad/ happy/ pleased

overjoyed

dry

parched

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wet

soaked/ sopping

sleepy/ tired

exhausted/ shattered

energetic

hyper

hungry

starving

full

stuffed

important

crucial/ vital/ essential

unimportant

pointless/ worthless

poor

poverty-stricken/

penniless

rich/ wealthy

loaded/ filthy rich

tasty

delicious/ mouth-

watering/ lip-smacking

yucky

revolting/ sickening/

repulsive

nice/ pleasant

charming/ lovely/

delightful

unpleasant/ nasty

revolting

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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Synonyms of gradable and extreme adjectives grid with corners in

amusing

side-splitting

rich

loaded

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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