Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) very big, enormous
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • massive elephant/dinosaur/problem
  • Analysis
     'Massive' is an adjective used to describe something huge in terms of size, amount or mass. "Are you going to eat all that? The portion is massive." "We have had to commit to a massive reduction in spending." It is a common adjective used in a variety of contexts. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The children were a bit frightened when they saw the massive elephant coming towards them.
    2. The plant-eating dinosaurs were absolutely massive, much bigger than anything on land today.
    3. If we don't fix this tap now, the sink will overflow and we'll have a massive problem to deal with.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We're anticipating a shortfall in profits this quarter. There has been a massive drop in sales.
    2. We are experiencing a massive delay in our supply chain due to an issue with our main supplier in China.
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2) brilliant, excellent, lovely
  • How to MemorizePopularity LowProfessional MediumSocial
    • sth is only massive
  • Analysis
     In Irish and UK colloquial slang 'massive' can be used as an adjective to say that something is great or brilliant. This has a very positive connotation but is very informal, so this use of 'massive' is usually used in social contexts among younger people.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The kids had a great time at the concert. They said it was only massive.
    2. Oh my God, your new runners are only massive!
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