Remember!: ‘Impress‘, ‘impressed‘ and ‘impressive‘ are ONLY used positively. They express admiration. We don’t use them to talk about feeling shocked, offended, etc.
Have a look at the following examples:
Many people were horrified at the president’s comments =
➡️ The president’s comments impressed many people. ❌
➡️ The president’s comments shocked many people. ✔️
At the restaurant we had to wait for over an hour for our food and the waiters were so rude!
➡️ The service was absolutely impressive. ❌
➡️ The service was absolutely awful / dreadful / terrible. ✔️
So, use impress/impressed/impressive like this:
Julia impressed the judges with her outstanding culinary skills. (=Julia made them feel admiration)
I was impressed by how David handled such a delicate situation. He’s very tactful.
Karen’s CV was so impressive they hired her immediately.
Complete the sentences in a way that’s true for you.
- I think that __________ has been the most impressive footballer so far this season.
- One of my friends really impressed me recently when he/she __________.
- One of the most impressive buildings in my country is __________.
- I wasn’t impressed yesterday when __________.
- My boss / wife / boyfriend (etc) was impressed when I __________.
If you like you can add your answers in the comment section below.