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Word of the day: Overwhelming

Today’s word of the day is: Overwheming (adjective)

Overwhelming is a word we use to describe something serious, complex, or powerful. It is used to describe a situation or a thing. An overwhelming situation is not impossible to overcome, but it will certainly require a lot of effort.

Let’s see some examples for overwhelming things and situations:

  1. There was an overwhelming view from the cliff. I almost began to cry from its beauty. desert_milano_scuola_inglese
    Note:This is obviously a very positive side of overwhelming, generally used for art or beauty.
  1. Sharon has an overwhelming amount of work to do. Where should she start?

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  1. Math is an overwhelming subject for Jeff at university!

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As is the case with your typical –ing adjectives, this one can also be converted into an –ed adjective (think exciting vs. excited, interesting vs. interested).

I was overwhelmed by the view from the cliff. (It’s an overwhelming view).

Sharon is overwhelmed by the amount of work to do. (She has an overwhelming amount of work to do.)

Jeff is overwhelmed by math. (Math is an overwhelming subject).

 

Take a test for yourself with overwhelmed vs. overwhelming:

 

  1. Last night I stayed at the office until 8 p.m. It was an ______________ night!
  1. After the performance, the crowd applauded for over 5 minutes. The orchestra’s conductor was _________________ by the respect.
  1. The last time I was here was over 20 years ago. I can’t believe how many ______________ changes have occurred here since then.
  1. Working at this company is an ________________ challenge.
  1. We were so ______________ by this project that we didn’t even get a chance to eat lunch!

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