May 8, 2014

Synonyms for ‘Great’ – Expanding Vocabulary and Conversation Series

Do you want to expand your vocabulary? Try using synonyms to bring richness and variety into your spoken English.

How can I use synonyms?

  • Write out the sentence that you want to use or repeat it multiple times.
  • Choose a word to replace with its synonym.
  • Look up the definition of the synonym.
  • Does the definition convey what you want to say?
  • Try using synonyms in your daily conversation to build up your vocabulary and range of expressions.
  • More ideas and tips in the introduction post to this series, click here.

Today’s word: 'Great'

Some synonyms of ‘Great’ are:
  • Awesome*
  • Amazing
  • Capital
    What other words can I use instead of great? Synonyms for "great."
  • Cool*
  • Cracking*
  • Enchanting
  • Extravagant
  • Fab*
  • Fabulous
  • Fantabulous* 
  • Fantastic 
  • Groovy*
  • Incredible
  • Marvelous
  • Massive
  • Mind-blowing
  • Out of this world*
  • Outstanding 
  • Prodigious
  • Stunning
  • Stupendous
  • Terrific
  • Wonderful

Those marked with (*) are considered more like "slangs" than formal English.

Not everyone will agree that the words in this list are synonyms, as the original word may not express a similar thought or evoke similar emotions. That’s alright. To expand our vocabulary and range of expression, we must take risks and try new ways of conveying our thoughts and ideas. It’s a trial and error method. It’s also about finding our own voice and using the words that we feel is apt. This identifies us as ‘unique’ individual, and helps us to find our personality while speaking English.

Look out for more in this series. Thanks to all my Facebook fans for participating!
Feel free to add more ideas to this synonym list in the comments section.

Author, Jennifer Kumar, an American citizen, trains Indians to prepare for interacting with US clients and counterparts. For more details about her services, click here.

Chris Sufi is a freelance editor who lives in Bangalore, India. Her personal interest in language and communication inspires her to contribute through proofreading and editing. She can be contacted here.  

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