There are some words which can be used to ‘intensify’ many adjectives – ‘very’ ‘really’ ‘totally’ ‘absolutely’ ‘completely’ ‘utterly’ ‘entirely’.
- It’s very tall.
- We’re really happy.
- She’s totally exhausted.
- I’m absolutely horrified.
- He’s completely hopeless.
- You look utterly miserable.
- I’m entirely satisfied.
Certain adjectives have their own ‘special’ intensifiers which are often used with them. Here are some common ones:
- He was blind drunk and behaved really badly.
- I must have a drink. I’m bone dry.
- I’ve just bought a brand new car.
- The sea near Rhodes is crystal clear.
- That exam was dead easy. I’ve certainly passed.
- He’s won three lottery prizes this year. He’s dead lucky.
- I agree entirely. You are dead right.
- I bought my car for a dirt cheap price from an old lady who had hardly driven it.
fast asleep / sound asleep
- I was in bed and fast asleep by nine.
- I was sound asleep and I didn’t hear anything.
- These office walls are paper thin. You can hear everything said in the next office.
- There’s no moon. It’s pitch black out there.
- Be careful with that knife- it’s razor sharp.
- It’s impossible to dig this soil – it’s rock hard.
- The hotel door slammed behind me and I was left standing stark naked in the middle of the corridor.
- He can’t hear a thing. He’s stone deaf.
- I was wide awake by six.
- Who left the door wide open?