There are some words which can be used to ‘intensify’ many adjectives – ‘very’ ‘really’ ‘totally’ ‘absolutely’ ‘completely’ ‘utterly’ ‘entirely’.
It’s very tall.
We’re really happy.
She’s totally exhausted.
I’m absolutely horrified.
He’s completely hopeless.
You look utterly miserable.
I’m entirely satisfied.
Certain adjectives have their own ‘special’ intensifiers which are often used with them. Here are some common ones:
He was blind drunk and behaved really badly.
I must have a drink. I’m bone dry.
I’ve just bought a brand new car.
The sea near Rhodes is crystal clear.
That exam was dead easy. I’ve certainly passed.
He’s won three lottery prizes this year. He’s dead lucky.
I agree entirely. You are dead right.
I bought my car for a dirt cheap price from an old lady who had hardly driven it.
fast asleep / sound asleep
I was in bed and fast asleep by nine.
I was sound asleep and I didn’t hear anything.
These office walls are paper thin. You can hear everything said in the next office.
There’s no moon. It’s pitch black out there.
Be careful with that knife- it’s razor sharp.
It’s impossible to dig this soil – it’s rock hard.
The hotel door slammed behind me and I was left standing stark naked in the middle of the corridor.
He can’t hear a thing. He’s stone deaf.
I was wide awake by six.
Who left the door wide open?