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Concourse 2



Look carefully at the words in red in these sentences.

He's a better player by far than me.
I honestly don't know what you mean.
I badly needed to talk to him.
I simply don't accept this excuse.
He ignored me completely.
I quite forgot.
I absolutely refuse to travel by train.
I entirely agree with you.
I want to do this a great deal.
He actually told her in public.
write Task 1: Can you put these words into three groups?

Words that emphasize – these make a statement stronger, e.g., really.
Words that maximize – these show the top of the scale, e.g., totally.
Words that intensify – these show a high point in a scale, e.g., badly.

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