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A Splendid Idea - Adjectives

Quiz playing is a wonderful way to increase your knowledge of English as a Second Language. Remember that all of our ESL quizzes have titles that are both friendly and technical at the same time… In the case of this quiz you might like to tell your friends about “A splendid idea” but no doubt your teachers will talk about “using adjectives”! If you hear a technical term and you want to find a quiz about the subject then just look through the list of quiz titles until you find what you need.

When you are talking with English people, it's polite to say lots of good things about them and their language, and how positive you feel about your progress. The way to do this is by choosing good adjectives to use in your sentences. In this quiz you can find many ways to make positive remarks and comments by using the right adjectives.

  1. You are being introduced to a British person that you have not met before. What do you say?
    Answer 1 is simple, clear and dignified.
    Answers 2 and 3 are rather too formal and exaggerated (and hard to remember), even if this is more like what you might want to say in your first language.
    Answer 4, by contrast, is rather too down-beat and 'cool'; it isn't quite polite enough.
  2. Some British friends invite you to their home for a meal. What do you say as you arrive at the house, and go in?
    This time we have a 'scale of 4 answers', from (1) which again is rather too weak and simple, to (4) which British people would find too elaborate. The simplest polite answer is No.2.
  3. During the meal your new friends ask if you are enjoying the food. What do you say?
    This time the 'scale' is the other way up, but No.2 is probably the best answer. If you can ask a polite question, sound interested and help to keep the conversation flowing, this is all good socially ~ and will help your competence and confidence at speaking English.
  4. Later in the meal they are talking about a hobby (a pastime, e.g. some kind of sport) that they all share. They ask you what you feel about it, and you say: ...
    Answer 1 is the most positive; 2 and 4 are 'dismissive' to the point of being quite rude; and 3 is not a very kind answer, because you don't seem to make any effort to share their enthusiasm.
  5. They suggest that you might like to join them, doing this same hobby (whatever it is!) in a few days' time, at the weekend. You reply: ...
    This time the 'scale' gets better and better ( = warmer, more positive and polite ) as it goes on. Answers 1 & 2 are again really quite negative, dismissive, unhelpful and impolite; No.3 is a bit vague. Answer 4 is the sort of answer they will have been hoping for, and it offers the chance to develop your friendship further and learn something new.
  6. It is now Saturday afternoon and you have spent a few hours trying out the new hobby with your friends. They ask you how you have enjoyed it. You say: ...
    Answer 1, again, is clear and positive; 2 and 4 mean more or less the same thing, and show a rude lack of sympathy after all their efforts to involve you in the activity. Answer 3 is probably too strong, unless you genuinely did have a wonderful time. (It sounds a bit like someone's Awards acceptance speech at the Oscars!)
  7. Your new friends now ask you whether you would like to go with them to a major event, in connection with this activity: such as a professional match (or other performance) at regional level. It is happening in a few more weeks' time: they are offering to take you as a guest and pay for your ticket. You reply : ...
    The 'scale' improves as it goes down, this time. Answer 4 is 'over-done' and pompous, but No.3 is very good. No.1 is rude and dismissive; No.2 may happen to be true, but it doesn't have enough enthusiasm or appreciation in it.
  8. After the big event, your friends suggest moving on to visit a place where you know you should not go, or where you might feel uncomfortable (a casino perhaps, or somewhere that there might be alcohol or drugs, or some other activity that you don't believe in or approve of). What can you say politely, at this point?
    The 'odd-numbered' answers (1 & 3) may be true, and they may reflect your uncomfortable feelings, but they sound a bit 'panicky'. Answer 2 has some dignity to it, but No.4 is best, because it keeps the empathy, and explains the situation, and suggests a positive way round the difficulty without leaving anyone feeling embarrassed.
  9. You meet this group of friends one final time before you travel back home to your own country. Towards the end of your time together, what do you say to them?
    There are useful bits in all of these, but if you could manage to say (even, most of) No.1 your friends will be very impressed, and they should feel their efforts to welcome you were appreciated as worthwhile.
  10. One of your friends sends an e-mail, telling you that he (or she) will be passing through your home country for a few days next month. How do you reply?
    Answer 2 is bright and cheerful and positive; 1 and 4 may happen to be true, but there is no sense of 'warmth' from your old friendship. Answer 3 doesn't have much generosity in it, either ~ how happy would YOU be, if someone sent you a message like that?

Author: Ian Miles

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