Reviews vocabulary- make me say yes

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Useful vocabulary for writing reviews game, with extreme adjectives, synonyms and antonyms

Reviews vocabulary make me say yes

with extreme adjectives, synonyms and antonyms

Ask a Yes/ No question using at least one word below. If your partner says “Yes”, you can cross off that word and get one point, but if they say something else (“No”, “I don’t know”, etc), you don’t get a point and the word can be used again. Words on the same line don’t always have exactly the same meaning, so choose one word (not one line) each time.

Suggested yes/ no questions to ask with reviews vocabulary

Did you find…?

Do you generally find…?

Do you think it is fair to say that…?

Have you ever found that…?

In your experience,…

Is… more…/ …er than…, do you think?

Would … be … enough for…, in your opinion? – Would … be too … for…?

Would you agree that…?

Would you describe… as…?

Would you rank … as the most…/ the …est … (…)?

Would you rate … as…?

Would you say that…?

Would… find… to be…, do you think?

Possible topics of reviews

place (attraction/ sightseeing spot, café, restaurant, shop, etc)

arts and media (book, exhibition, magazine, album, concert/ gig, film/ movie, TV programme, etc)

service

technology (e.g. app)

thing (product, dish, etc)

 

ambience/ atmosphere

appearance (décor, etc)

contents/ materials

cost/ value for money

design

dimensions/ measurements (weight, size, etc)

effect on people/ society

experience

quality

range

style

suitability (for particular people)

taste

texture

use(s)

comparisons to other things

Ask about any topics above, words below, etc that you are not sure how to use.

  • absolutely/ totally/ completely/ utterly – slightly/ a little/ a bit/ a tiny bit
  • accessible/ convenient/ close/ near – inaccessible/ inconvenient/ far
  • addictive/ moreish
  • amazing/ brilliant/ fantastic/ outstanding/ superb/ terrific – awful/ dreadful/ terrible
  • amusing/ funny/ hilarious – unfunny
  • annoying/ irritating/ infuriating – calming/ relaxing
  • attractive/ beautiful/ gorgeous/ pretty/ stunning – hideous/ ugly/ unattractive
  • bland/ boring/ dull/ tedious – interesting/ fascinating/ intriguing
  • cheerful/ uplifting – depressing
  • comforting/ cosy/ welcoming
  • compact/ pocket-sized/ portable/ tiny – huge/ massive/ enormous/ bulky
  • cool/ stylish
  • cutting edge/ modern/ up to date – out of date/ old-fashioned/ classic/ traditional
  • delicious/ tasty – disgusting/ revolting
  • distinctive/ original/ unique/ unusual – unoriginal/ cliched/ typical/ common
  • easy/ simple – challenging/ difficult/ impossible/ tricky/ complicated
  • energetic/ lively – quiet/ calm
  • entertaining/ fun – a chore
  • exciting/ gripping/ thrilling
  • extremely – fairly/ somewhat
  • famous – infamous/ notorious
  • fashionable/ popular/ trendy/ booming – unfashionable/ unpopular/ obscure/ niche/ cult
  • favourite – least favourite/ most hated
  • forgettable – memorable/ unforgettable
  • good for you/ educational/ healthy – bad for you/ unhealthy
  • got better/ improved – got worse/ worsened
  • impeccable/ perfect/ flawless – flawed
  • important/ essential/ crucial – pointless/ trivial/ unimportant
  • impressive/ awe-inspiring – unimpressive/ disappointing
  • intellectually stimulating/ intelligent – mindless/ stupid
  • knowledgeable/ (well-)informed – ignorant/ uninformed
  • luxurious
  • monotonous/ repetitive – varied
  • moving
  • nice/ lovely/ delightful/ charming/ enchanting – unpleasant
  • odd/ strange/ weird/ eccentric/ unconventional – normal/ conventional
  • overrated – underrated
  • polite – impolite/ rude
  • pretentious – humble/ unpretentious
  • reasonable/ good value – expensive/ a rip off/ overpriced
  • ridiculous/ silly – serious
  • satisfying – dissatisfying
  • sophisticated – unsophisticated
  • subtle/ restrained/ understated – over the top/ excessive
  • surprising/ shocking/ astonishing – predictable
  • tasteful – tasteless/ tacky

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Extreme adjectives for reviews presentation

Underline the strongest word or words in each line below (= words that are extreme/ ungradable and so mean “very + weaker adjective” and go with adverbs like “absolutely/ totally/ completely/ utterly”, not “a little”, “fairly”, etc).

  • amazing/ brilliant/ fantastic/ good/ outstanding/ superb/ terrific
  • awful/ bad/ dreadful/ terrible
  • amusing/ funny/ hilarious
  • annoying/ irritating/ infuriating
  • attractive/ beautiful/ gorgeous/ pretty/ stunning
  • hideous/ ugly/ unattractive
  • interesting/ fascinating
  • compact/ little/ pocket-sized/ portable/ small/ tiny
  • big/ huge/ large/ massive/ enormous
  • cutting edge/ modern/ up to date
  • distinctive/ original/ unique/ unusual
  • challenging/ difficult/ impossible/ tricky/ complicated
  • exciting/ gripping/ thrilling
  • fashionable/ popular/ trendy/ booming
  • memorable/ unforgettable
  • important/ essential/ crucial
  • pointless/ trivial/ unimportant
  • impressive/ awe-inspiring
  • mindless/ stupid
  • nice/ lovely/ delightful
  • surprising/ astonishing

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Suggested answers

The extreme adjectives are underlined.

  • amazing/ brilliant/ fantastic/ good/ outstanding/ superb/ terrific
  • awful/ bad/ dreadful/ terrible
  • amusing/ funny/ hilarious
  • annoying/ irritating/ infuriating
  • attractive/ beautiful/ gorgeous/ pretty/ stunning
  • hideous/ ugly/ unattractive
  • interesting/ fascinating
  • compact/ little/ pocket-sized/ portable/ small/ tiny
  • big/ huge/ large/ massive/ enormous/ massive
  • cutting edge/ modern/ up to date
  • distinctive/ original/ unique/ unusual
  • challenging/ difficult/ impossible/ tricky/ complicated
  • exciting/ gripping/ thrilling
  • fashionable/ popular/ trendy/ booming
  • memorable/ unforgettable
  • important/ essential/ crucial
  • pointless/ trivial/ unimportant
  • impressive/ awe-inspiring
  • mindless/ stupid
  • nice/ lovely/ delightful
  • surprising/ astonishing

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Vocabulary for reviews synonyms and antonyms

Write as many words with the same and/ or opposite meanings to the words below as you can. In this activity, words which mean “very…” the other word (e.g. “freezing” and “cold”) count as synonyms.

  • outstanding
  • amusing
  • infuriating
  • gorgeous
  • tedious
  • uplifting
  • tiny
  • cutting edge
  • tasty
  • simple
  • lively
  • booming
  • forgettable
  • essential
  • impressive
  • intellectually stimulating
  • knowledgeable
  • monotonous
  • strange
  • overrated
  • polite
  • pretentious
  • reasonable
  • subtle
  • astonishing
  • tasteful

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Mixed answers – line by line version

  • amazing/ brilliant/ fantastic/ superb/ terrific – awful/ dreadful/ terrible
  • annoying/ irritating – calming/ relaxing
  • attractive/ beautiful/ pretty/ stunning – hideous/ ugly/ unattractive
  • awe-inspiring – unimpressive/ disappointing
  • boring/ dull – interesting/ fascinating
  • delicious – disgusting/ revolting
  • depressing
  • easy – challenging/ difficult/ impossible/ tricky/ complicated
  • energetic – quiet/ calm
  • fashionable/ popular/ trendy – unfashionable/ unpopular/ obscure/ niche/ cult
  • funny/ hilarious – unfunny
  • good value – expensive/ a rip off/ overpriced
  • huge/ massive/ enormous/ massive
  • humble/ unpretentious
  • impolite/ rude
  • important/ crucial – pointless/ trivial/ unimportant
  • (well-)informed – ignorant/ uninformed
  • intelligent – mindless/ stupid
  • memorable/ unforgettable
  • modern/ up to date – out of date/ old-fashioned/ classic/ traditional
  • odd/ weird/ eccentric/ unconventional – normal/ conventional
  • repetitive – varied
  • restrained/ understated – over the top/ excessive
  • surprising/ shocking – predictable
  • tasteless/ tacky
  • underrated

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Mixed answers – opposites split version

  • amazing/ brilliant/ fantastic/ superb/ terrific
  • annoying/ irritating
  • attractive/ beautiful/ pretty/ stunning
  • awe-inspiring
  • awful/ dreadful/ terrible
  • boring/ dull
  • calming/ relaxing
  • challenging/ difficult/ impossible/ tricky/ complicated
  • delicious
  • depressing
  • disgusting/ revolting
  • easy
  • energetic
  • expensive/ a rip off/ overpriced
  • fashionable/ popular/ trendy
  • funny/ hilarious
  • good value
  • hideous/ ugly/ unattractive
  • huge/ massive/ enormous/ massive
  • humble/ unpretentious
  • ignorant/ uninformed
  • impolite/ rude
  • important/ crucial
  • (well-)informed
  • intelligent
  • interesting/ fascinating
  • memorable/ unforgettable
  • mindless/ stupid
  • modern/ up to date
  • normal/ conventional
  • odd/ weird/ eccentric/ unconventional
  • out of date/ old-fashioned/ classic/ traditional
  • over the top/ excessive
  • pointless/ trivial/ unimportant
  • predictable
  • quiet/ calm
  • repetitive
  • restrained/ understated
  • surprising/ shocking
  • tasteless/ tacky
  • underrated
  • unfashionable/ unpopular/ obscure/ niche/ cult
  • unfunny
  • unimpressive/ disappointing
  • varied

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