English word of the day: RADICALLY

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Hi students! It’s Shayna from EspressoEnglish.net and we are now finishing up our special “Word of the day in May” series – I hope you’ve enjoyed it! Send me a comment letting me know what you thought and what you learned. We spent the first week focusing on nouns, then we did verbs, next adjectives, and this week we’ve been learning adverbs. Remember, if you missed any or you just want to review, you can watch all the past videos on this YouTube channel.

All right, let’s get to today’s adverb, which is radically. First, let’s practice pronouncing it – RAD-ic-ly. You might be wondering, what about the “al”? Because we say radical, why not rad-ic-al-ly? Well, it’s just that when speaking fast, this word gets a little shortened to radically. OK? So the adjective form is pronounced RAD-i-cal, and the adverb form is pronounced RAD-ic-ly.

Radically means “completely” or “very much.” If two things are radically different, it means they’re not just a little bit different, they’re VERY different, they’re COMPLETELY different.

We also use “radically” with changes to describe BIG changes, huge transformations – his health radically improved means it got a LOT better. She radically changed her hairstyle, means she made a BIG change, maybe she cut her long hair short and also changed its color. We radically reduced our expenses, means we are spending a LOT less money; it was a big change.

Make sense? Go ahead and put it into practice, write a sentence about something that is radically different or something that has radically changed.

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