Grammar Patterns

Graded and ungraded adjectives

The 'big', 'quick', and 'old' group

These adjectives indicate the size, speed, age, or weight of something.
The biggest problem now is water; there are no water supplies on the mountain.
When San Francisco suffered a fairly minor earthquake by world standards, large parts of the phone system carried on working.
Their attitudes towards older people remained highly negative.
She is as quick as everyone else she has worked with to emphasise her professionalism, sense of humour and team-spirit.
  • ancient
  • big
  • brief
  • broad
  • considerable
  • deep
  • early
  • elderly
  • enormous
  • extensive
  • fast
  • fat
  • heavy
  • high
  • huge
  • large
  • late
  • light
  • little
  • long
  • low
  • massive
  • minor
  • narrow
  • new
  • numerous
  • old
  • quick
  • rapid
  • serious
  • severe
  • short
  • slight
  • slow
  • small
  • substantial
  • tall
  • thick
  • thin
  • tiny
  • vast
  • wide
  • young
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