Welcome to our third lesson for growing your English vocabulary. Today we are going to take the word bad, and use it to grow your English vocabulary by learning words with a similar meaning (synonyms).My job is to give you definitions and example sentences, and yours is to use the words every day this week.
How to Practice
If you really want to know these words, you have to use them. Here are some ways how you can do that.
- Use them in a conversation.
- Practice with a language partner. This could be a friend or someone that you find online.
- Write a sentence every day. If you post them to the comment section, I’ll check as many as I can.
- Google the word to see how other people use it in a sentence.
Let’s start expanding your English vocabulary!
Our Synonyms are inferior, inadequate, deficient.
Bad means that something is not good. It’s of poor quality, it’s of low standard, it is negative.
- Eating pizza every day may taste good, but it makes for a bad diet.
- The quality of my new toy is very bad, it already broke.
Here are our synonyms!
All of these synonyms for bad, speak to the quality of something.
Inferior – refers to something being of low rank or of low quality. An object can be inferior, a person can be inferior, or an idea can be inferior. All of those are common things to call inferior. It’s always bad if someone or something is referred to as inferior. It’s not a big deal to call a toy inferior, it’s a huge deal to call a person inferior. It is also important to note that it is mean and insulting to call someone inferior, so don’t just go around using this word without really meaning it. You should also expect a reaction. You’ve been warned.
- I like my new phone, but if I’m being honest it’s a little inferior to my old one.
- Jane always comes up with inferior ideas.
Inferior can also mean that someone is lower ranking than another person. For example in a military situation, everyone is inferior to a General. However, because inferior is a negative word, the sentence is usually switched, and it is said that a General is superior to everyone (superior is the opposite of inferior). Calling someone inferior in any situation, is fighting words.
- Since I’m your superior officer, you are inferior to me.
Inadequate- simply means that someone or something isn’t good enough. It also refers to lacking the quality or amount of what is needed. How negative this word is depends on how it is used, but it’s never good when something or someone isn’t enough. This word is not as insulting as inferior, but it’s still not a good thing. It’s usually used more factually. For example if you need 10 chairs and you only have 5. Five chairs is an inadequate amount of chairs. There’s nothing mean about that. It’s just a fact.
- Based on his resume, I felt like the candidate was inadequate for the job.
- Last weekend we had an inadequate amount of towels for guests, make sure we have more this week.
Deficient – means that there is not enough of something. It means that you absolutely must have a certain amount of something, but you just don’t. For example if your body needs a certain amount of iron to function properly, if you don’t get it you will become deficient in iron and it will cause problems for your body.
- The doctor said I’m deficient in Vitamin A
- According to the customer’s feedback, we are deficient in customer service.
To wrap things up….
Bad means that someone this not good, lacking or negative. All of these synonyms speak to the quality or quality of something. Inferior is a strong word, that means someone or something is less than something else. Be careful in calling someone or something that is important to someone inferior. Inadequate means there isn’t enough of something, or that the quality is bad or poor. Deficient means the same thing, but when something is inadequate, it usually is used to say you want more. When deficient is used it usually speaks to someone needing more, or else something seriously bad will happen.
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