Archive for February 16, 2011

adjective: thorough

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The adjective for this week is the word “thorough”. It is used when we want to talk about doing something completely and carefully. For example:

We did a thorough search of the house, but we couldn’t find your watch anywhere. Somebody must have taken it.

I’m very impressed with your research for this article. It was extremely thorough.

My wife is very thorough when she cleans our house. She even cleans the tops of the doors.

We often use this word as an adverb by adding -ly to the end. For example:

We searched the house thoroughly, but we couldn’t find your watch anywhere. Somebody must have taken it.

You researched this topic extremely thoroughly. I’m very impressed.

My wife always thoroughly cleans our house. She even cleans the tops of the doors.

Sometimes, we use “thoroughly” to express our feeling about something. In these cases, it simply means “completely” or “very much”. For example:

I thoroughly enjoyed your party. Thank you for inviting me.

I was thoroughly disgusted by that movie. I’ve never seen so much blood in a movie before.

The professor’s lecture thoroughly confused me. He needs to express things in a more simple way.

Please be careful of the pronunciation of the word “thorough”. It is pronounced /THUR row/.

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