We usually use the adjective 'bad' to say that something is badly made, of bad quality or harmful.
It's also very common to describe films, books, food, products, events, experiences, weather, and so on, as being bad.
In this lesson, you will learn how to use 10 different adjectives and a verb phrase that can replace the word 'bad'.
Let's look at the example sentences below. Look up the pronunciation of new words and practise.
AWFUL (spoken; informal) (meaning: very bad or unpleasant)
Note: Awful is not used with 'very'. You can use absolutely or really instead.
TERRIBLE (meaning: very bad)
Note: Terrible is not used with 'very'. You can use absolutely instead.
APPALLING (meaning: very bad, unpleasant and shocking)
Note: You can also use appalling when you talk about situation, crime, injury, etc.
NEGATIVE (meaning: harmful, unpleasant) (used about effects or people's reaction to something)
DETRIMENTAL (formal) (meaning: harmful)
SERIOUS (meaning: very bad or dangerous)
Note: Serious is used to talk about illnesses, problems, accidents, crimes, etc. You can use this word in more formal English.
POOR (meaning: not as good as it could be; a quality that is low or lower than expected)
Note: Poor is more formal than bad.
UNPLEASANT (meaning: not pleasant or enjoyable)
BE A NIGHTMARE [verb phrase] (spoken; informal) (meaning: it is used to talk about an extremely bad experience or situation)
DESPERATE (meaning: a desperate situation is very bad; If you are desperate, it means you want or need something very much.)
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