Say This Instead! (Synonyms For Common Words)

Scared:

  • Frightened
  • Fearful
  • Terrified
  • Petrified
  • Anxious
  • Apprehensive
  • Aghast
  • Dismayed
  • Disturbed
  • Horrified
  • Startled
  • Stunned
  • Upset
  • Afraid
  • Nervous
  • Daunted

Angry:

  • Annoyed
  • Bitter
  • Enraged
  • Furious
  • Irate
  • Irritable
  • Outraged
  • Resentful
  • Sullen
  • Antagonized
  • Displeased
  • Exacerbated 
  • Fuming
  • Infuriated
  • Provoked
  • Wrathful

Bad:

  • Atrocious
  • Dreadful
  • Poor
  • Unacceptable 
  • Imperfect
  • Inferior 
  • Abominable
  • Careless
  • Dissatisfactory
  • Erroneous 
  • Fallacious 
  • Inadequate
  • Unsatisfactory
  • Substandard 

Beautiful:

  • Alluring
  • Appealing
  • Elegant
  • Exquisite
  • Gorgeous 
  • Lovely
  • Magnificent
  • Angelic
  • Beauteous 
  • Enticing
  • Pulchritudinous 
  • Divine
  • Fair
  • Radiant
  • Statuesque 
  • Symmetrical
  • Ravishing

Big:

  • Colossal
  • Enormous 
  • Immense
  • Massive
  • Sizable
  • Substantial 
  • Tremendous 
  • Capacious 
  • Copious 
  • Mammoth
  • Ponderous 
  • Prodigious 
  • Spacious 
  • Walloping
  • Commodious 

Bright:

  • Blazing
  • Brilliant
  • Dazzling
  • Glistening
  • Intense
  • Luminous 
  • Radiant
  • Vivid
  • Auroral
  • Coruscating 
  • Fulgent
  • Incandescent 
  • Lambent 
  • Phosphorescent 
  • Scintillating 

Capable:

  • Able
  • Accomplished
  • Adept
  • Adequate
  • Competent
  • Efficient 
  • Experienced 
  • Gifted
  • Intelligent
  • Proficient 
  • Qualified 
  • Suited
  • Skilled

Clean:

  • Blank
  • Bright
  • Clear
  • Elegant
  • Fresh
  • Hygienic
  • Neat
  • Immaculate
  • Spotless
  • Unblemished
  • Faultless
  • Sanitary
  • Taintless
  • Unpolluted
  • Unsoiled
  • Unsullied
  • Untarnished

Smart:

  • Agile
  • Astute
  • Brainy
  • Bright
  • Brilliant
  • Canny
  • Nimble
  • Quick
  • Resourceful
  • Sharp
  • Intelligent
  • Clever
  • Adept
  • Genius 
  • Keen
  • Effective
  • Impertinent
  • Ingenious 

Cold:

  • Bitter
  • Bleak
  • Brisk
  • Frigid
  • Icy
  • Snowy
  • Wintry
  • Chilly
  • Arctic
  • Hyperborean
  • Stinging
  • Benumbed
  • Boreal
  • Brumal  
  • Gelid
  • Glacial
  • Hiemal
  • Inclement
  • Penetrating

Conventional:

  • Current
  • Ordinary
  • Regular
  • Traditional
  • Typical
  • Accepted
  • Accustomed
  • Commonplace
  • Decorous 
  • Habitual
  • Orthodox
  • Predominant 
  • Prevailing 
  • Ritual 
  • Stereotyped
  • Tralititious 

Dirty:

  • Contaminated
  • Disheveled
  • Filthy
  • Polluted
  • Unkept
  • Bedraggled
  • Disarrayed 
  • Dishabille 
  • Raunchy
  • Slatternly
  • Slovenly
  • Squalid
  • Unhygienic
  • Unsanitary 
  • Untidy 

Dry:

  • Arid
  • Bare
  • Barren
  • Dehydrated
  • Dusty
  • Parched
  • Stale
  • Torrid
  • Depleted
  • Desiccant 
  • Impoverished
  • Anhydrous
  • Unmoistened
  • Waterless

Eager:

  • Ambitious 
  • Hungry
  • Impatient
  • Restless
  • Earnest
  • Hankering 
  • Longing
  • Acquisitive
  • Covetous 
  • Desirous 
  • Fervid
  • Solicitous 
  • Vehement 
  • Voracious 
  • Wishful
  • Zealous

Fast:

  • Agile
  • Rapid
  • Swift
  • Accelerated
  • Active
  • Flashing
  • Fleeting
  • Hurried
  • Ready
  • Expeditious 
  • Expeditive
  • Velocious 

Fierce:

  • Bold
  • Cutthroat 
  • Ferocious 
  • Fiery
  • Intense
  • Murderous 
  • Passionate
  • Powerful
  • Relentless
  • Stormy
  • Strong
  • Vehement 
  • Boisterous 
  • Feral
  • Impetuous 
  • Malevolent
  • Tempestuous

Good:

  • Acceptable
  • Favorable
  • Positive
  • Satisfactory
  • Choice
  • Pleasing
  • Prime
  • Sound
  • Welcome
  • Worthy
  • Agreeable
  • Commendable

Happy:

  • Cheerful
  • Ecstatic
  • Elated
  • Jubilant
  • Merry
  • Pleasant
  • Pleased
  • Upbeat
  • Blissful 
  • Blithe 
  • Content 
  • Convivial 
  • Exultant
  • Gay
  • Gleeful
  • Jolly
  • Light 
Grammar: ~아/어/여 보이다 & ~게 보이다

~아/어/여 보이다 and ~게 보이다 are combined with descriptive verbs to convey the speaker’s feelings or conjecture based on the appearance of a person, thing, or situation.  The 2 endings have essentially the same meaning.  ~아/어/여 보이다 and ~게 보이다 are used when expressing the general fact about how someone or something seems.  ~(으)ㄴ 것 같아요 tends to carry the implication of expressing the speaker’s personal thoughts or opinion.  So for example, if the food looks good but you don’t necessarily think it’s good or you’re not pleased with it, then you would not use ~(으)ㄴ 것 같아요.  With nouns, ~저럼 보이다 is used.

이 책은 재미있어 보여요.

This book looks interesting.

의사저럼 보였어요.

They looked like a doctor.

지금 화나 보입니다.

You look angry now.

병원 앞에서 봤는데 많이 우울해 보였어.

I saw her in front of the hospital and she looked really sad.

비싼 오토바이를 운전하니까 풍부해 보일 것이예요.

Since she drives an expensive motorcycle, it looks like she’s rich.

해적저럼 보이는 사람이 그 아기를 데려갔어요.

Someone who looks like a pirate took that baby.

Narrative Present Tense

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- The narrative present tense is used to tell or describe what is happening

* For spoken conversation, the narrative present tense can only be used with 반말

- Construction

  • Action verbs: verb stem ending with a vowel + -ㄴ 다
  • Action verbs: verb stem ending with a consonant + -는 다
  • Action verbs: verb stem ending with a ㄹ, drop ㄹ, + -ㄴ 다
  • Descriptive verbs: verb stem + -다

- Usage Type 1 (speaking and writing)

  • Showing a reaction/impression when talking about a present action/situation
  • You want to talk about a present action or regular activity

- Usage Type 2 (only in writing)

  • Describing a series of actions, such as in journals, recipes, or narration scripts that require a neutral and narrrative voice

- Sample sentences:

  • 이거 좋다! This is good! 
  • 나 먼저 간다. I’m leaving now (before you). 

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