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Adjectives for IELTS Task 2


Adjectives are used to describe either the nature or number of noun. While IELTS uses a quarter of its scoring criteria from lexical resource and another one from grammar, you can use wide range of adjectives to explain general or precise information. They add enthusiasm and color to your tone.

A lot of candidates would use a sentence like “it is a good idea”. This sentence is okay, but even for native speakers “good” is so common that they have become stale.

The table below will furnish you with synonyms for the most common adjectives which can serve as an adequate substitute in the IELTS test.

Bad Negative, detrimental, inferior, inadequate, incorrect, poor, unsatisfactory, harmful, unacceptable, unpleasant, discouraging, terrible
BigSizable,  enormous, huge, immense, gigantic, vast, large, sizable, grand, great, tall, substantial, mammoth, astronomical, ample, broad, expansive, spacious, stout, tremendous, titanic, mountainous
  AmazingUnbelievable, improbable, fantastic, fabulous, incredible,            wonderful,  astonishing, astounding, extraordinary
  AwfulDreadful, terrible, abominable, bad, poor, unpleasant
  AngryMad, furious, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused,              inflamed
  HappyPleased, contented, satisfied, delighted, elated, joyful, cheerful, ecstatic, jubilant, gay, tickled, gratified, glad, blissful, overjoyed
UnhappyMiserable, uncomfortable, heart-broken, unfortunate, downhearted, sorrowful, depressed, gloomy, dismal, discouraged, sad
  InterestingFascinating , gripping, arresting, enthralling,         engaging, attractive, inviting, intriguing, provocative, though-provoking, challenging, inspiring, titillating, tantalizing, exciting, entertaining, piquant, engrossing, absorbing
BoringMundane, dull, monotonous, tiresome, humdrum
LazyIndolent, slothful, idle, inactive, sluggish
  GreatNoteworthy, worthy, distinguished, remarkable, grand, considerable, powerful, much, mighty
GoodAcceptable, adroit, commendable, competent, excellent, exceptional, fabulous, fantastic, favorable, first-class, great, marvelous, proficient, satisfactory, skillful, splendid, stupendous, super, superb, superior, tip-top, valuable, wonderful
ImportantChief, critical, crucial, essential, imperative, key, necessary, urgent, weighty, vital
  Beautiful Attractive, breathtaking, wonderful, picturesque (landscape/view) Attractive, glowing, gorgeous, good-looking (person)
  BraveCourageous, fearless, dauntless, intrepid, plucky, daring, heroic, valorous, audacious, bold, gallant, valiant, doughty, mettlesome
  BrightShining, shiny, gleaming, brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, radiant, vivid, colorful, lustrous   Intelligent, knowing, smart, intellectual (person)
  CalmQuiet, peaceful, still, tranquil, mild, serene, smooth, composed, collected, unruffled, level-headed, unexcited, detached, aloof
  StrongPowerful, intense, firm, solid, potent
WeakFrail, feeble, shaky, flimsy, fragile
  DangerousPerilous, hazardous, risky, uncertain, unsafe
  Delicious Savory, delectable, appetizing, luscious, scrumptious, palatable, delightful, enjoyable, toothsome, exquisite
  Famous Well-known, renowned, celebrated, famed, eminent, illustrious, distinguished, noted, notorious
  Fast Quick, rapid, speedy, fleet, hasty, snappy, mercurial, swiftly, rapidly, quickly, snappily, speedily, posthaste, hastily, expeditiously, like a flash
  FatPlump, stout, corpulent, fleshy, beefy, paunchy, elephantine
FunnyHumorous, amusing, droll, comic, comical, laughable, silly
SeriousAlarming, grave, pressing, pressuring, severe, urgent
SmallInsignificant, insubstantial, minimal, minor, tiny
  NewFresh, unique, original, unusual, novel, modern, current, recent, up-to-date
OldFeeble, ancient, aged, used, worn, dilapidated, former, old-fashioned, outmoded,  venerable, primitive, traditional, archaic, outdated, antiquated, obsolete
  FalseFake, fraudulent, counterfeit, spurious, untrue, unfounded, erroneous, deceptive, groundless, fallacious
WrongAmiss, arguable, askew, awry, bad, debatable, dubious, erroneous, fallacy, fallacious, false, inaccurate, incorrect, miscalculated, misconstrued, misguided, mistaken, on the wrong track, off target, perverse, spurious, unsatisfactory, untrue

Complex adjectives

When an adjective takes another word, more frequently an adverb, it becomes complex adjectives. Use at least one in your IELTS essay. Some examples are as follow:-

A less-discussed formA widely-observed impactThere should be a wide-ranging discussion about . . . 
The ever-rising useA long-term impactThe ever-present danger of . . .A long-held belief..
A well-known causeThere is a widely-held concern that . .X is a constantly-evolving field of research..Many long-established traditions have been lost…

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