English word of the day: ABNORMALLY

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Hi students! I’m Shayna from EspressoEnglish.net and today’s word of the day is abnormally. Let’s practice pronouncing it – ab-NOR-mal-ly. Four syllables with the stress on the second one. Abnormally. Abnormally.

As you might be able to guess, this adverb describes something that is not normal. It’s different from normal, it’s outside of what we would expect. If it’s the middle of winter, when it’s usually cold, occasionally we might get an abnormally warm day – meaning the temperature is higher than normal. It’s out of the ordinary.

If you have a friend who typically talks a lot, but lately she’s been abnormally quiet, then you might ask her if something’s wrong, because her being quiet is not normal.

Or if there’s a big traffic jam on the highway, then it would take you an abnormally long time to get to work – maybe 45 minutes instead of 20 minutes.

So you get the idea – when you describe something as abnormally warm/quiet/long, etc. you’re talking about something that’s out of the ordinary, it’s different from what’s normal or expected.

Can you use this word in a sentence? Give it a try! Think of a time when something contrasted with normal, and describe it in your own phrase. Thanks for joining me today, and I’ll talk to you in the next video!


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