Opinions with Gradable and Extreme Adjectives

Level: Intermediate

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs

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Opinions with Gradable and Extreme Adjectives
Try to make statements using adjectives below that your partner agrees with. If possible, 
try to also agree on the adverbs and/ or make statements with pairs of both gradable and 
extreme adjectives, e.g. both agreeing that one thing is 
“absolutely awful” and that a 
different thing is 
“fairly bad”.  
Possible topics
 Tourist spots
 Movies
 TV series
 (Visual) arts
 Museums
 Dining spots
 Nightlife spots
 Shops
 Food and drink
 Technology
 Brands
 Accommodation (e.g. hotel)
 Transport (e.g. airline)
 Books

I think/ In my opinion/ I’d say that

To be frank/ Frankly

I really think 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

are

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Adverbs with gradable adjectives
(a little)
extremely
fairly
incredibly
not very
really
(slightly)
very

Adverbs with extreme adjectives
absolutely
completely
really
totally
utterly

gradable adjectives

extreme adjectives (= very/ extremely + 
gradable adjectives)

amusing/ funny

hilarious/ side-splitting

annoying/ irritating

infuriating

attractive/ good looking/ pretty

gorgeous/ stunning

bad

awful/ dreadful/ disastrous/ terrible

good

great/ brilliant/ fantastic/ fabulous/ terrific

boring

mind-numbing/ stupefying

interesting

captivating/ fascinating/ spellbinding

exciting

gripping/ thrilling

crowded

packed/ cram-packed

challenging/ difficult/ hard/ tricky

impossible

dirty

filthy

confusing

mind-boggling/ mystifying

cold

freezing

different/ distinctive

unique

expensive/ pricey

exorbitant

frightening/ scary

terrifying/ petrifying

hot

baking/ boiling/ roasting

important/ necessary

crucial/ essential/ vital

impressive

awe inspiring

loud/ noisy

ear-splitting

memorable

unforgettable

moving

heart-wrenching

nice/ pleasant

charming/ lovely/ delightful

painful

excruciating

silly

idiotic/ ridiculous

special

exceptional

surprising

amazing/ astonishing/ unbelievable

tasty

delicious/ mouth-watering/ lip-smacking

tiring

exhausting

ugly

hideous

unpleasant/ yucky

repulsive/ revolting/ sickening

unsuccessful

disastrous

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

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Extreme adjectives grammar presentation
Without looking above for now, brainstorm suitable words into the boxes above. 
Adverbs with gradable adjectives

Adverbs with extreme adjectives

gradable adjectives

extreme adjectives (= very/ extremely + 
gradable adjectives)

Use the help on the following pages. Your teacher will tell you which page(s) you should 
use (and maybe in which order). 

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Mixed gradable and extreme adjectives
amazing/ astonishing/ unbelievable
amusing/ funny
annoying/ irritating
attractive/ good looking/ pretty
awe inspiring
awful/ dreadful/ disastrous/ terrible
bad
baking/ boiling/ roasting
boring
captivating/ fascinating/ spellbinding
challenging/ difficult/ hard/ tricky
charming/ lovely/ delightful
cold
confusing
crowded
crucial/ essential/ vital
delicious/ mouth-watering/ lip-smacking
different/ distinctive
dirty
disastrous
ear-splitting
exceptional
exciting
excruciating
exhausting
exorbitant
expensive/ pricey
filthy
freezing
frightening/ scary
good
gorgeous/ stunning
great/ brilliant/ fantastic/ fabulous/ terrific
gripping/ thrilling
heart-wrenching
hideous
hilarious/ side-splitting
hot
idiotic/ ridiculous
important/ necessary
impossible
impressive
infuriating
interesting
loud/ noisy
memorable

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mind-boggling/ mystifying
mind-numbing/ stupefying
moving
nice/ pleasant
packed/ cram-packed
painful
repulsive/ revolting/ sickening
silly
special
surprising
tasty
terrifying/ petrifying
tiring
ugly
unforgettable
unique
unpleasant/ yucky
unsuccessful

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

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Gradable adjectives
Make sure that you have these words in the left-hand column above, and then match the 
other words above to them.
amusing/ funny
annoying/ irritating
attractive/ good looking/ pretty
bad
good
boring
interesting
exciting
crowded
challenging/ difficult/ hard/ tricky
dirty
confusing
cold
different/ distinctive
expensive/ pricey
frightening/ scary
hot
important/ necessary
impressive
loud/ noisy
memorable
moving
nice/ pleasant
painful
silly
special
surprising
tasty
tiring
ugly
unpleasant/ yucky
unsuccessful

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Extreme adjectives
amazing/ astonishing/ unbelievable
awe inspiring
awful/ dreadful/ disastrous/ terrible
baking/ boiling/ roasting
captivating/ fascinating/ spellbinding
charming/ lovely/ delightful
crucial/ essential/ vital
delicious/ mouth-watering/ lip-smacking
disastrous
ear-splitting
exceptional
excruciating
exhausting
exorbitant
filthy
freezing
gorgeous/ stunning
great/ brilliant/ fantastic/ fabulous/ terrific
gripping/ thrilling
heart-wrenching
hideous
hilarious/ side-splitting
idiotic/ ridiculous
impossible
infuriating
mind-boggling/ mystifying
mind-numbing/ stupefying
packed/ cram-packed
repulsive/ revolting/ sickening
terrifying/ petrifying
unforgettable
unique

Check your answers with the second page. Other answers might be possible, so please 
check anything else you wrote with your teacher.

Test each other on the vocabulary:
-

Read out a pair and see if your partner can say which one means “extremely” + the
other one

-

Read out a gradable adjective and help your partner make the extreme version

-

Read out an extreme adjective and help your partner make the gradable version

-

Read out an adjective and see if your partner can identify which kind it is and then
make the other version

-

Help your partner brainstorm as many extreme adjectives as they can

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