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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|
|To like somebody/ to be fond of||friendly|
|To be kind-hearted||warm-hearted|
|To tolerate somebody/ to put up with somebody||indulgent/ lenient|
|To have pity on somebody||mercy/ merciful|
... but there is nastiness too...
|Nasty/ (US) mean|
|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
... AND A FEW COMMON EXPRESSIONS:
- 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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