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Precise Words

Aim:
This page aims to help you to use English more precisely by expanding your vocabulary.

Introduction:
You should use precise words rather than basic words such as good and bad in your writing. You should also use cautious language when expressing negative ideas.

 

Instructions:
Each sentence contains an inappropriate word or phrase. Replace it with a more suitable word from the list below.

sizeable stimulating minor significant questionable
senior unacceptable controversial disappointing affordable

 

1. Pollution is a (big) problem in Hong Kong.

2. Living conditions in some housing developments are (horrible).

3. The influence of computer games on young people is a (hot) topic.

4. Mark’s performance in the examination was (bad).

5. She received a (big) sum of money from the insurance company.

6. Chan’s (2001) method of investigation is (wrong).

7. The company’s (cheap) products have proved to be very popular.

8. A number of (old) members of staff have left in recent years.

9. Professor Yau’s new book is very (good).

10. This is a (small) detail, which I think we can discuss another time.

 

Last updated on: Monday, March 26, 2012