Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) (very) large or significant, sth of consequence
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    • (a) considerable amount/growth/increase
  • Analysis
     'Considerable' is an adjective that usually refers to the amount of something. If something is considerable in size it usually means it is big or notable. You might have a 'considerable amount' of money or materials, or 'considerable costs' to cover. Often it has a negative connotation but not always. This is an adjective that can be used in social or professional contexts but usually in more formal situations.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. There was a considerable amount of cleaning to do for the day.
    2. My aunt had aged considerably since the last time I saw her.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We have considerably increased our output following the upgrade to our systems. It proved to be a great investment.
    2. I think you'll find, if you look at the figures for this quarter, that there has been considerable growth in sales.
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