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Precise Words

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

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.


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