Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

The definition of a 7 or higher for Vocabulary, in Speaking, is that the candidate shows a range (informal to formal) of words, exhibiting knowledge of interesting phrases, such as slang, idioms, and rarer words that many students don’t know.

For Writing, it’s basically the same, except the word choices have to all be formal.

Now, the smart, strategic way to go about developing this treasure trove of lexis is to learn impressive words that express general meanings, and, thus, are applicable in discussing a wide range of topics.

The notion of ‘a lot‘ fulfills this criteria! Think of how often you say this in Speaking and Writing!

So, below, you’ll see more interesting paraphrases for ‘a lot‘, along with other ‘large‘ words- for size (big) and time (forever).

How to Say ‘A lot’

a massive quantity

an impressive amount

loads/tons (informal)

a whole bunch (informal)

galore (as in There are museums galore in this city.) (informal)


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How to Say ‘Big’



hefty (informal)



humongous (informal)

How to Say ‘Forever’

in perpetuity

for ages (informal)

an eternity

for yonks (informal)


Choose 6 new words or phrases from this article, and add them to your vocabulary cheat sheet.

For the next 6 days, choose one of these new words/phrases in the morning. Challenge yourself to use it at least twice throughout that day.

You should try to use them out loud, either in conversation with someone else or talking to yourself, but you can also use it in a post online!

Which phrases are you going to use from today’s article?

Share your choices in the comments section below!

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