Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) causing surprise or shock
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    • staggering losses/defeat/blow
  • Analysis
     The adjective 'staggering' describes something shocking or astonishing. "There is a staggering amount of plastic in our seas." "A staggering number of families are homeless this winter." This is a good adjective to add emphasis to a fact or statistic.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The Rugby team went home after a staggering defeat left them completely deflated.
    2. When the defendant stated in court that he was out of the country on the day of the murder, it was a staggering blow to the prosecution.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The company suffered staggering losses after their product launch, so they had to close down.
    2. Our health and safety report showed a staggering number of breaches of guidelines on the factory floor.
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