This one may sound a little counterintuitive, but people do actually use it!
So how? Well, if someone says something you really agree with, for example, « That coat is bright! » You might reply, « You can say that again. » Normally, you’d also put a little more emphasis on « that ».
Is there an expression like this on your language?
The nice thing about adjectives in English is that they’re not terribly complicated. There are a few rules to remember, but on the whole, there isn’t that much to it.
Let’s look at an example of a descriptive paragraph, all the adjectives are in bold:
a large room.
a wide and comfortable desk
polished dark mahogany
Now, can you try to describe either, the room you are in, or an imaginary room. You don’t need to use terribly complicated language, use the words you are comfortable with. If you’d like to step out of your comfort zone, you can reach for a thesaurus, which is a dictionary where you will find synonyms. You can find this online by typing « thesaurus » into Google. Good luck!
Have you read The Book with No Pictures? It’s a children’s book by B.J. Novak and it’s brilliant. It really has no pictures and is quite hilarious. My son just loves it and rolls around on the floor in stitches (laughing very hard)! Well, the word preposterous is in it, so I thought I’d make it today’s word, because I like the sound of it!
What a preposterous thing to say!
It is absolutely preposterous to think that I would do the dishes for you.
What a preposterous idea, I would never sky-dive in a bikini!
This idiom stands alone, that means that you don’t need to say anything else. Usually, if you’re with another person and he or she looks lost in thought, you might ask: a penny for your thoughts? Listen out for it in films, it’s used surprisingly often 🙂 .
Here is another word that I really like, perhaps also because it reminds me of the gameshow Jeopardy! that I used to watch as a kid.
When we talk of « danger » in the definition, it is not necessarily mortal danger, it can be, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. You might jeopardize your education if you don’t study; you can jeopardize your health if you smoke; you can put a project in jeopardy by neglecting to get help when you need it.
Have a look at Jeopardy!, the gameshow, I used to absolutely love it and felt so smart when I got a question right!