Grammar 3-08 | High Beginner 3

Adverbs + Adjectives

Listen to a short conversation using adverbs to intensify adjectives.

Man: Tell me about your town!
Woman: My town is a wonderful place to live. It is not expensive, but it is not cheap either. It is an affordable place to live.

Man: What is the capital city like?
Woman: The city is very pretty. The streets are clean and only a few places are dirty. The park is really green and beautiful. Most buildings are short, so we have great views of the tall mountains.

Man: How are the people at your work?
Woman: The people are nice and friendly, but most people are very busy. People here are not lazy at all. Everyone works very hard. Some people are vain though. They worry about fashion too much.

Man: How is the food here?
Woman: The food here is very delicious, and it is very healthy. It is easy to get fat, but most people are fit because they are so busy.

Man: What is your apartment like?
Woman: My building is a nice place to live. It is on a very quiet street, but my neighbor is very noisy. He is very strange.

Man: Why do you say that?
Woman: He is very moody. Some days he is nice. Some days he is mean. He is really old, and I am young, so maybe that is the problem. Still, I am jealous of him. He has a nice dog. I want a dog. I feel lonely sometimes, and a dog can make me happy.


Use adjectives to show the quality of something.

Point 1: Adjectives are often used after a be very to describe the subect.
  1. He is funny.
  2. It is hot today.
  3. My house is old.
  4. You are so nice!
Point 2: The be verb can change tenses, and the adjective does not change form.
  1. He was happy.
  2. It will be hot tomorrow.
  3. My house was old and cold.
  4. You can be nice at time.
Point 3: We sometimes add very and really to show greater intensity of a trait.
  1. Tokyo is really crowded.
  2. Rome is very old.
  3. She is really nice.
  4. He is very strict.
Point 4: Adjectives can also describe a noun. If the noun has a determiner or quantifier, it goes between them and the noun.
  1. Russia is a big country.
  2. She is a nice lady.
  3. It was a difficult test.
  4. I bought some really nice shoes.
Answer the following questions about the interview.