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LIST A: INTENSIFIERS AND MODIFIERS

ROLES IN THE FAMILY


Some people are absolutely convinced that a child should have a mother and
a father.
COMMUNICATION
People are increasingly uncomfortable about speaking to each other face to
face
THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
If I hadnt been able to study some fun subjects like art and music my school
days would have been utterly miserable.
Studies have shown that subjects like PE and music greatly improve brain
function.
YOUTH BEHAVIOUR
We always used to respect our elders. If a teacher told me off I was absolutely
terrified.
When I see what young people get up to nowadays, Im utterly shocked.
A boy I know got caught committing a crime and his mum was utterly
devastated.
USE OF THE INTERNET
Its becoming extremely difficult to keep your private life private.
Nowadays, if a company doesnt have a website its virtually invisible to the
public.
DESIGNER GOODS
Designer goods are an absolute rip off.
The prices some shops charge are absolutely extortionate.
A lot of the high street clothes are complete tat.
Youd have to be totally stupid to pay 5000 for a bag.
DEBATING
I firmly believe that../ Im absolutely convinced that./ Im quite sure
that.
I think its absolutely ridiculous that..
Its certainly true that.but
I completely agree,/ I totally agree

Im not completely sure about that.


Im not entirely convinced.
I think its highly unlikely./ highly doubtful.

LIST B: INTENSIFIERS AND MODIFIERS


INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
Some international events have proven to be a complete waste of money.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
I dont think discrimination has been completely eradicated yet.
Opportunities for men and women are basically the same nowadays.
SOCIAL ISSUES
Some people seem determined to make life utterly miserable for everyone
else.
When I see the vandalism and the amount of rubbish in my area its absolutely
infuriating.
Inequality is a big issue. It seems wrong that some people are absurdly rich
while others havent got two pennies to rub together.
THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET
Our government seem alarmingly indifferent to environmental issues .
(unemployment, poverty,)
SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS
Technology progresses frighteningly fast.
Its easy to get left behind. Im completely ignorant about how 3D printing
works.
Modern weapons are absolutely terrifying.
STRESS MANAGEMENT
By the time I finish my degree Ill be absolutely exhausted.
My career leaves me feeling completely burnt out.
I feel completely relaxed after an hour in the gym.
After a walk in the country with the dogs Im totally chilled out.

Modifiers and Intensifiers


Intensifiers with normal adjectives
very,

really,

incredibly

extremely,

amazingly,

remarkably

exceptionally

particularly,

unusually -

Shes exceptionally clever for her age.

Well, I hope youll forgive me for saying so, but I think thats an
remarkably old fashioned/ close minded/ conservative/ dated/ unfounded
viewpoint..

If you ask me thats an incredibly inaccurate statement.

Intensifiers with extreme adjectives


absolutely

completely

really

exceptionally

We were completely exhausted.

It made me absolutely furious.

Theyre utterly devastated.

totally

utterly

particularly

quite

Intensifiers and modifiers in conversation:

I find it incredibly difficult/ frustrating/ annoying.

I think its a highly controversial area.

Its totally unacceptable.

Im quite certain that.

Thats quite a sweeping statement, dont you think?

Im absolutely convinced that.

Im not entirely convinced that.

If you ask me I think its absolutely ridiculous,

Well, yes. Its certainly a cause for concern

I certainly agree that..

So its basically a question of .

So youre basically saying that.

Yes, its quite a worry in Spain too.

The Death Penalty: Modifiers and Intensifiers


In favour of the death penalty

The family of the victim will be left utterly devastated whether or not
the person responsible loses their life.
Some people claim its a deterrent and greatly reduces the rate of
violent crime. However, its extremely difficult to prove one way or the
other. Im not sure of the exact figures but its highly doubtful that
capital punishment prevents more crimes than increased policing and gun
control.
It certainly prevents reoffending but surely thats what rehabilitation os
for too.
Closure and vindication. The death penalty completely removes the
opportunity for the victims family to talk to the criminal and get answers.

Against the death penalty

I think its utterly wrong to take another life whatever the reason.
It completely goes against the Christian values of compassion and
forgiveness.
The justice system isnt totally flawless. Crime investigation is
increasingly sophisticated but mistakes still happen.
Its highly doubtful that the death sentence saves any money in the long
run.
We seriously need to ask ourselves how the treatment of criminals
reflects on us. If we turn a blind eye to, what is effectively, state
sanctioned murder, what else will we allow?
Theres increasingly apparent that some people suffer from mental
illness. It would be quite unfair to put them to death for their crimes
they werent even aware of.

Theres something to be said for.


As far as I can see
Surely we should.
Its difficult to say. I think.
I may be wrong but.
It think that theres something to be said for.
Personally, I think
If you ask me..
In my view.
It seems to me that..

DEBATING
I firmly believe that..
I think its absolutely ridiculous that..
I completely agree,
Im not completely sure about that.
Im not entirely convinced.