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FN.9 - Describing things

So and Such

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In English we have many different ways of emphasing a particular point. Words like 'very' and 'extremely' are the most known by students.

Others ways to do this are with 'so' and 'such'.

If you say: "it's so hot today!", it's a stronger emphasis than saying "it's very hot today."

The structure is: SO + ADJECTIVE

Another alternative is by saying "It's such a hot day!" This is also stronger than 'very'

The structure is: SUCH + ADJECTIVE + NOUN

-ed and -ing adjective endings

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"This movie is boring, I am bored of watching it."

Words that show the wrong position

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upside-down / wrong-way-up

When something is upside-down or wrong-way-up, the part which is usually at the top is turned to be at the bottom.

 The house is upside down / wrong way up.

wrong-way-round / back-to-front

When something is wrong-way-round or back-to-front it is facing the wrong way.

Idioms for exciting things

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Imagine, for a moment, that you went to watch a movie. Your friend is thinking about going to see it and she asks you what it was like. You could answer "It was exciting", but that would be a boring way to describe it. Make your English more interesting by using one of these well-known idioms.

Idioms using numbers

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11 number idioms

Take a look at these idioms; they all use numbers. Read through the 11 idioms ranging from 1 to 11 and then try the quiz:

Improve your grammar - new comparative forms!

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We have previously looked at how to make comparative adjectives using the following structure:

Cool becomes Cooler
Interesting becomes more interesting

Comparative Adjectives

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When we want to compare two things we use comparative adjectives. For example:

'Canada is colder than America.'
'Tokyo is more expensive than Barcelona.'
'Barcelona is less expensive than Tokyo.'

Using Too and Not Something Enough

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When we are unhappy about something we can complain about it. Complain is the verb and complaint is the noun. The collocation is 'make a complaint' or 'have a complaint'.

Credit-Crisis: How to talk about the economy

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Parts of a car

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Take a look at the following pictures. All of these are of parts of a car. Match the picture (using the letters) to their correct names.

These are the key words you need:

handbrake / gear stick / boot / seatbelt / tyres / windscreen / bonnet / clutch / indicator / steering wheel / accelerator