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How Do You Like That? - Positive 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 the “How Do You Like That Quiz” but your teacher will probably talk to you about "Positive 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.

By being positive you will have a positive effect on your listeners. A list of positive adjectives would include "wonderful", "sparkling" and "excellent", whilst negative adjectives are "bad", "drab" and "poor". It is not difficult to see which list will make you the most popular as a conversationalist!

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This English quiz will test your knowledge of positive adjectives and possibly introduce you to some new ones.

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  1. Choose the best answer to fill the gap.
    I didn't realise that my niece in Glasgow had become quite such a ... ... young woman since my last visit to Britain.
    'Pretty' could be an example of English understatement (i.e., you say something 'softer' than what you actually mean).
    'Voluptuous' is probably a bit too strong. If you were saying this as a man, it might suggest you found her so attractive that you almost had trouble controlling yourself, or even that you were indirectly criticising her for 'dressing too old' or wearing too much makeup. Somehow this word would not quite sound right if another woman were saying it (certainly a non-native speaker).
    'Stunning' is perhaps a bit of a cliche but it is a stronger word than 'beautiful', which may be true, but it gets over-used.
  2. Choose the best answer to fill the gap.
    'Would you like some more of this black-pudding?'
    ' ... '
    As with Question 5, this answer contains suggestions of how you could politely refuse, and give a reason (even if nobody really believes it).
  3. Choose the best answer to fill the gap.
    'I don't think I understood all the jokes, but the mime act and the magician were ...'
    Answer 3 is clearly the strongest and most positive here.
  4. Choose the best answer to fill the gap.
    We went to the country fair last weekend and it was really ...
    If you have been to such an event, we certainly hope you enjoyed yourself ('fun'), but the strongest approval is to say that you found it interesting ~ this suggests that you stood or sat, with real interest, as the animals / historic vehicles (or whatever) did their performance. This word will help English people to feel that you have made an effort to enjoy and appreciate our culture, and that you found it a rewarding experience.
    In some situations, 'interesting' can mean that you're not quite sure about something. You might say you found a new experience 'interesting' when you knew that you were expected/supposed to enjoy it (maybe someone took a lot of trouble to take you somewhere special and show you something), but in fact you didn't understand or like it very much.
  5. Choose the best answer to fill the gap.
    You are having a bit of trouble doing something the English way. Someone offers to help you. What do you say?
    It may seem a bit fussy, but Answer 3 is also the most polite. It suggests that you are managing to improve through your own efforts and you do not wish, or need, to put them to any trouble over helping you. (This is a bit like in the Far East, where people do not like to 'lose face' by seeming stupid in front of someone else, or making them feel they have to help, which might be inconvenient for them.)
  6. Choose the best answer to fill the gap.
    Which of these brief film reviews (perhaps in a local paper, or online) do you find the strongest, so that you would want to see the film?
    Answer 4 is clearly the most positive; the others all have elements of vagueness ('quite', 'possibly', 'if you happen ...') which limit the strength of their recommendation.
  7. Choose the best answer to fill the gap.
    'Thank you for that dinner: it was ... '
    This is the strongest answer; the first two are OK but rather 'bland'. 'Tasty' is also quite good (even if, privately, you think English cooking is less exciting than your own!)
  8. Choose the best answer to fill the gap.
    You have been to a small shop to have your shoes repaired. Which of these is the most suitable and positive way to thank the shopkeeper?
    Answer 1 is clearest and most positive.
  9. Choose the best answer to fill the gap.
    'What do you think of this new dress that I just bought?'
    'Oh, it's ... '
    This is clearly the strongest answer.
  10. Choose the best answer to fill the gap.
    'I never knew British cookery could be so ...'
    All the other three answers here are basically negative ~ so don't use them, if you want to be polite!

Author: Ian Miles

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