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Speak English Right - 12/31/16

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Speak English Right - 12/31/16

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Good morning.

In today’s lesson, I’ll teach you the difference between two different expressions which use the same word, but, have different meanings.


awful, awfully 

Awful is used informally to mean “extremely bad.” Awfully is used informally to mean “very.” Both modifiers are overused and should be replaced with more descriptive words. In formal writing, awful should be used only to describe something bad.

INFORMAL: Mary looked awful when she was hospitalized. 

BETTER: Mary looked pale and weak when she was hospitalized. 

INFORMAL: Mary was awfully weak.
BETTER: Mary was very weak. 


The peppers were so awful.

The basketball player is awfully tall.

His English was awful.

His English was awfully good.

His English was very good.

His awful accent was awfully strong.

The restaurant was awful, but, the food was awfully tasty.

The restaurant was bad, but, the food was very tasty.

That’s all for today.

Goodbye for now.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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