Gradable and ungradable adjectives- discuss and agree

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Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs

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Gradable and ungradable adjectives- discuss and agree
with useful language for giving opinions

Make an opinion with an adjective such as one of the phrases in the table on the next 
page and see if your partner agrees or disagrees. If they disagree, try to agree on a similar
sentence together.

Useful phrases for agreeing
I totally agree.
That’s quite right.
I have completely the same opinion. 
Useful phrases for disagreeing
I don’t really agree. In my opinion,…
Do you think so? I think…
I know why you would say that, but…

Ask about anything in the table below that you couldn’t understand or couldn’t use. 

Extreme adjectives grammar presentation
Without looking above for now, write pairs of extreme adjectives (= ungradable adjectives) 
and gradable adjectives in the bottom two squares of the table below. Pairs of words not 
above are also okay as long as the word on the left means 
“very +” the word on the right. 
Don’t write anything in the top boxes yet. 

Look at the following pages to help with the task above. 

Add adverbs which go with each kind of adjective to the top boxes of the table. One word 
can go in both places. 

Use the mixed words at the bottom below to help with the previous task. 

Test each other in pairs on gradable and extreme adjectives. See if your partner can:
-

Identify which one is which in a pair of gradable and ungradable/ extreme adjectives 
that you say

-

Identify if what you say is a gradable and ungradable/ extreme adjective

-

Make the extreme/ ungradable adjective of the gradable adjective that you say

-

Identify gradable and ungradable/ extreme adjectives and make the other one

-

Make as many pairs of gradable and ungradable/ extreme adjectives as possible 
(including ones not here, with you helping if they get stuck)

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

Opinions with gradable and extreme adjectives
I think
I really think
In my opinion
To be frank
Frankly
I’d say that

B&Bs
Bangkok
black coffee
business meetings
durian
exams
German
gin
horror movies
Italy
jogging
learning Chinese
London
maths
murder mysteries
roller coasters
Skype
snails
teleconferences
thatched cottages
The Mona Lisa

is
ar
e

absolutely
completely
really
totally
utterly

awful/ dreadful/ terrible
crucial/ essential/ vital
delicious/ mouth-watering
delightful/ lovely
disgusting/ revolting
ear-splitting
enormous/ huge/ massive
exhausting
exorbitant
fabulous/ wonderful
fascinating
filthy
gorgeous/ stunning
gripping/ thrilling
hilarious
horrible
impossible
mind-boggling
mind-numbing
terrifying
unforgettable
unique

(a little)
extremely
fairly
incredibly
not very
really
(slightly)
very

amusing/ funny
attractive/ pretty
bad
big/ large
boring
confusing
difficult/ tricky
dirty
exciting
expensive/ pricey
frightening/ scary
good
important
interesting
loud
memorable
nasty
nice
original
tasty
tiring
yucky

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

Extreme adjectives grammar presentation

adverbs before extreme adjectives

adverbs before gradable adjectives

+

+

extreme adjective (= ungradable)

= very +

gradable adjective

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

Mixed gradable and extreme adjectives

amusing/ funny

attractive/ pretty

awful/ dreadful/ terrible

bad

big/ large

boring

confusing

crucial/ essential/ vital

delicious/ mouth-watering

delightful/ lovely

difficult/ tricky

dirty

disgusting/ revolting

ear-splitting

enormous/ huge/ massive

exciting

exhausting

exorbitant

expensive/ pricey

fabulous/ wonderful

fascinating

filthy

frightening/ scary

good

gorgeous/ stunning

gripping/ thrilling

hilarious

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

horrible

important

impossible

interesting

loud

memorable

mind-boggling

mind-numbing

nasty

nice

original

tasty

terrifying

tiring

unforgettable

unique

yucky

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

Make sure that you have these words in the left-hand column above, and then match the 
other words above to them.

awful/ dreadful/ terrible

crucial/ essential/ vital

delicious/ mouth-watering

delightful/ lovely

disgusting/ revolting

ear-splitting

enormous/ huge/ massive

exhausting

exorbitant

fabulous/ wonderful

fascinating

filthy

gorgeous/ stunning

gripping/ thrilling

hilarious

horrible

impossible

mind-boggling

mind-numbing

terrifying

unforgettable

unique

Adverbs to go with gradable and extreme adjectives
One can be used twice. 

a little

absolutely

completely

extremely

fairly

incredibly

not very

really

slightly

totally

utterly

very

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016