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    Vocabulary: kind, nice or nasty


    The vocabulary about KINDNESS and NICENESS is often very useful in order to show your appreciation of actions and people...  The words expressing nastiness are useful too, but much less pleasant to use... 


    To be thoughtful (or considerate)


     Sympathetic/ compassionate                                                    sympathy/ compassion                                        
     To feel sorry for sb  To sympathise with sb 
     Good/ goodness  Kind/ kindness
     Gentle/ gentleness                                                             Considerate/ thoughtful 
     Humane  A decent person



    Sympathy...                              Gentleness


     Pleasant  delightful  
     To like somebody/ to be fond of  friendly 
     To be kind-hearted  warm-hearted 
     Tender-hearted understanding  
     Well-intentioned  tolerant 
     To tolerate somebody/ to put up with somebody                 indulgent/ lenient                                      
     To have pity on somebody mercy/ merciful 






    ... but there is nastiness too... 


     Bad  wicked 
     Nasty/ (US) mean                                                            

     wickedness/ nastiness


     To be cruel to someone unpleasant/ unkind 
     To be sour-tempered/ surly   sour
     Harsh/ stern/ hard 

     To be harsh with somebody

     To be hard on somebody

     Ruthless/ merciless/ pitiless               relentless/ remorseless                                      
     To be heartless  To have a heart of stone                                        


    To be hard on someone                       A ruthless expression



    - to be kindness itself:  (the embodiment of a particular trait

    - to do someone a kindness (to do a favour) 

    - to kill with kindness: (give excessive kindness)

    - to give out the kindness of (one's) heart: (because of generosity or goodwill)

    - ... "the milk of human kindness" (in Shakespeare's Macbeth)

    leave a nasty taste in the mouth (give a negative impression)

    - something nasty in the woodshed:  a shocking or distasteful secret. British informal


    Many words and expressions, of course... but I'm sure you'll pass the test brilliantly... 


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    1. 'You had prepared and cleaned everything when I arrived, exhausted. It was ever so of you. You’re great!'

    2. 'My boss was very and gave me my day off when I spoke about my father’s accident.'

    3. Despite Ellen’s seeming , she can be quite unyielding when she decides to.

    4. < 'Sorry but he’ll have to calm down.I can’t his whining and screaming.'>

    5. The judge gave the culprit a light sentence thanks to extenuating circumstances.

    6. The boy was tormenting the puppy but was bitten by its mother.

    7. He’s so ambitious that he has now become and shows no pity to his colleagues.

    8. Nan was doting on her grand-daughter and was literally .

    9. He didn’t like to be disturbed when working and was every time he was asked a question.

    10. The student was so in his work that he was sure to pass his final exam.



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