Grammar lesson: Holidays – gradable and non-gradable adjectives

Watch a recording of our live lesson to practise using gradable and non-gradable adjectives to talk about holidays.


11 July 2023

What is the event about?

In this live lesson there will be an introduction to the topic of holidays. Then, you can listen to a short grammar explanation and practise using the grammar yourself. 

This live event is a free lesson for learning grammar: holidays – gradable and non-gradable adjectives


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Submitted by User_1 on Tue, 11/07/2023 - 15:13


Hello Jo,
Thanks for your lesson.
As the task, I have written a message about a hypothetical holiday:
on an island by the sea.
Please, could you check it and tell me if it is correct?

Discover the idyllic paradise of that island with unknown narrow bays, off the beaten track, where the colorful sea gets different nuances of blue from the sun.
Wander through the beaches, charming places and everything is really free.
Esplore the very wild coasts, dive into the deep of the sea, and create unforgettable memories.
That island is an interesting destination for an amazing holiday on the beach. Absolutely perfect place for lovers of the sea.
Thanks a lot for your help.

Hi User_1,

I'm happy to read that you joined in the lesson and it's good to see that you're practising the grammar and the vocabulary from our topic!

Your island sounds absolutely amazing - I'd love to go there! You've used interesting adjectives that help us imagine what it's like. 

The adjective 'free' is an interesting one, and I wonder exactly which meaning you've chosen here: 1. relaxed and informal or 2. costing nothing? If you mean relaxed and informal you could say 'really free' but if you mean costing nothing it would be better to say 'completely free', 'absoultely free' or 'totally free'. In this sense it's a non-gradable absolute adjective, and we can use 'completely', 'absolutely' or 'totally' to modify it. 

One other small thing I'd change is wander 'along' or 'across' the beaches.

I hope you enjoyed writing about a perfect holiday destination!


Best wishes,

Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Hi Jo,
Thanks for your reply.
About the adjective 'free':
actually, I have chosen it as a relaxed and informal state.
Your explanation of the difference in meaning, and therefore the correct grammatical form, is really helpful.
Despite my mistakes, do you really think that I am able to write quite clearly?
Thanks a lot for your help!