Another advanced English vocabulary lesson! This one is about the word ‘intensify’ and some related words. This should be helpful for people planning to take the TOEFL, TOEIC or GRE exams. Or any one wanted to expand their English vocabulary.
Answers to quiz at bottom of description.
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*** English Lesson Notes / transcript: ***
In today’s English lesson I you will learn how to use the word ‘intensify’.
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Hello Real Fluency Friends! I’m Trisha and I’m here to teach you Real English used in Real Life so you can reach Real Fluency! Now!
And today you will learn how to use the advanced vocabulary word ‘intensify’.
Word of the Day: intensify (verb)
– to become stronger or more extreme or to make something stronger or more extreme – or to become more intense
The storm will probably intensify as it gets closer to where we live.
I need to intensify my efforts to be more successful.
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The fighting intensified throughout the summer.
intensity (noun) – extreme force or strength
It was very hot, the intensity of the sun was extremely overwhelming.
The intensity with which he works is very impressive.
The intensity of Hope’s barking prompted me to get up and see what she was barking at.
– very strong, serious, with great energy, etc.
He’s a very intense person who works hard and takes life seriously.
He looked intensely into her eyes and professed his profound love for her.
I’m gonna do something a little different with the quiz this time, so I’m going to have a short paragraph of text which you will see on the screen and I’m also going to read it for you. And then afterward I will ask you some questions so you can test your reading comprehension. Now if you want to read it yourself you can also pause as you’re watching so you don’t hear me saying it if you want to try reading it yourself first.
Read the following paragraph and answer the questions below it:
The public debate between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg intensified over the past few days as the two tech giants voiced their opinions on the future of AI (artificial intelligence). Musk, the head of SpaceX and Tesla, has long expressed concern
about the dangers of AI. On the other hand, Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook has characterized Musk as a ‘naysayer’. In addition, in a recent live video Zuckerberg criticized Musk’s view stating: ‘In some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible’. Musk later fired back on Twitter: ‘I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.’.
1) In the paragraph above, the word ‘intensified’ means that their public debate has:
a) become irresponsible
b) increased in strength
c) moved online
2) True or False:
When Elon Musk says that Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI is ‘limited’ he means that he thinks Zuckerberg doesn’t know a lot about AI.
3) Based on the above paragraph would you say Mark Zuckerberg thinks AI is:
b) not a threat
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– and why – in the debate about AI!
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Answers: 1) b 2) True 3) b