Adjectives in IELTS

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Adjectives:-

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 “He is nice” or “She is kind”. Both these sentences are okay, but even for native speakers “nice” and “kind” are 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.

Adjectives Synonyms
Bad  Negative, detrimental, inferior, inadequate, incorrect, poor, unsatisfactory, harmful, unacceptable, unpleasant, discouraging, terrible
Big Sizable,  enormous, huge, immense, gigantic, vast, large, sizable, grand, great, tall, substantial, mammoth, astronomical, ample, broad, expansive, spacious, stout, tremendous, titanic, mountainous
 

Amazing

Unbelievable, improbable, fantastic, fabulous, incredible,            wonderful,  astonishing, astounding, extraordinary
 

Awful

Dreadful, terrible, abominable, bad, poor, unpleasant
 

Angry

Mad, furious, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused,              inflamed
 

Happy

Pleased, contented, satisfied, delighted, elated, joyful, cheerful, ecstatic, jubilant, gay, tickled, gratified, glad, blissful, overjoyed
Unhappy Miserable, uncomfortable, heart-broken, unfortunate, downhearted, sorrowful, depressed, gloomy, dismal, discouraged, sad
 

Interesting

Fascinating , gripping, arresting, enthralling,         engaging, attractive, inviting, intriguing, provocative, though-provoking, challenging, inspiring, titillating, tantalizing, exciting, entertaining, piquant, engrossing, absorbing
Boring Mundane, dull, monotonous, tiresome, humdrum
Lazy Indolent, slothful, idle, inactive, sluggish
 

Great

Noteworthy, worthy, distinguished, remarkable, grand, considerable, powerful, much, mighty
Good Acceptable, adroit, commendable, competent, excellent, exceptional, fabulous, fantastic, favorable, first-class, great, marvelous, proficient, satisfactory, skillful, splendid, stupendous, super, superb, superior, tip-top, valuable, wonderful
Important Chief, critical, crucial, essential, imperative, key, necessary, urgent, weighty, vital
 

Beautiful

 Attractive, breathtaking, wonderful, picturesque (landscape/view)

Attractive, glowing, gorgeous, good-looking (person)

 

Brave

Courageous, fearless, dauntless, intrepid, plucky, daring, heroic, valorous, audacious, bold, gallant, valiant, doughty, mettlesome
 

Bright

Shining, shiny, gleaming, brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, radiant, vivid, colorful, lustrous

 

Intelligent, knowing, smart, intellectual (person)

 

Calm

Quiet, peaceful, still, tranquil, mild, serene, smooth, composed, collected, unruffled, level-headed, unexcited, detached, aloof
 

Strong

Powerful, intense, firm, solid, potent
Weak Frail, feeble, shaky, flimsy, fragile
 

Dangerous

Perilous, 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
 

Fat

Plump, stout, corpulent, fleshy, beefy, paunchy, elephantine
Funny Humorous, amusing, droll, comic, comical, laughable, silly
Serious Alarming, grave, pressing, pressuring, severe, urgent
Small Insignificant, insubstantial, minimal, minor, tiny
 

New

Fresh, unique, original, unusual, novel, modern, current, recent, up-to-date
Old Feeble, ancient, aged, used, worn, dilapidated, former, old-fashioned, outmoded,  venerable, primitive, traditional, archaic, outdated, antiquated, obsolete
 

False

Fake, fraudulent, counterfeit, spurious, untrue, unfounded, erroneous, deceptive, groundless, fallacious
Wrong Amiss, 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

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