50 MOST COMMON ADJECTIVES IN ENGLISH

This list of the 50 most frequently used adjectives in English is a good place to start expanding your English vocabulary. Adjectives add precision to your language skills, but you don’t necessarily need to have an enormous collection right from the start. The adjectives in this list are enough to get by with for many simple English tasks.

GETTING MORE FROM YOUR VOCABULARY

Remember that you can negate adjectives if you don’t know the opposite word yet, for example say, “It’s not clear,” if you don’t know the word “confusing”. You can also combine adjectives for added precision, for example say, “What you want is possible but hard,” if you don’t know the word “challenging”. By learning to use these 50 adjectives correctly and applying a few “tricks” to make your life simpler, you’ll expand your ability to communicate in English.

able
having sufficient power, skill, or resources to accomplish an object

bad
something that is bad

best
had best

better
something better

big
of great strength

black
to become black

certain
certain ones

clear
a high arcing shot over an opponent’s head in badminton

different
differently

early
of, relating to, or occurring near the beginning of a period of time, a development, or a series

easy
easily 1

economic
of or relating to a household or its management

federal
of or relating to a compact or treaty

free
in a free manner

full
to shrink and thicken (woolen cloth) by moistening, heating, and pressing

good
something that is good

great
an outstandingly superior or skillful person

hard
with great or utmost effort or energy strenuously

high
an elevated place or region as

human
hominid

important
marked by or indicative of significant worth or consequence valuable in content or relationship

international
of, relating to, or affecting two or more nations

large

late
after the usual or proper time

little
a small amount, quantity, or degree

local
a local person or thing as

long
longitude

low
flame blaze

major
to pursue an academic major

military
army officers

national
one that owes allegiance to or is under the protection of a nation without regard to the more formal status of citizen or subject

new
newly recently usually used in combination

old
one of a specified age usually used in combination

only
with the restriction that but

other
otherwise used with than

political
of or relating to government, a government, or the conduct of government

possible
being within the limits of ability, capacity, or realization

public
a place accessible or visible to the public usually used in the phrase in public

real
a former monetary unit and coin of Portugal

recent
having lately come into existence new fresh

right
to do justice to redress the injuries of

small
a part smaller and especially narrower than the remainder

social
sociable

special
one that is used for a special service or occasion

strong
having or marked by great physical power

sure
safe from danger or harm

TRUE
to make level, square, balanced, or concentric bring or restore to a desired mechanical accuracy or form

white
whiten

whole
wholly entirely

young
immature offspring used especially of animals

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