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extremely 129 People blow up buildings, planes etc. Bombs, fuel tanks etc explode. Compare: 'They had planned to blow up the bridge but their bombs failed to explode.'

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His paintings have been exposed in art galleries all over the world.

J His paintings have been exhibited in art galleries all over the world. expose = let something be seen, especially something that is usually hidden: 'He undid his shirt to expose a white hairless chest.' displaylexhibit a work of art: 'The gallery exhibits mainly contemporary sculpture and photography.'

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Many species are becoming extinguished.

J Many species are becoming extinct. extinguish = make something stop burning: 'Before entering the factory, please make sure that all cigarettes have been properly extinguished.' extinct = (of a type of animal or plant) completely non-existent, because every single one has died or been killed: 'If nothing is done to save the whales now, the species will soon become extinct.'

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Since he stopped smoking, there has been a n extreme improvement in his health.

J Since he stopped smoking, there has been a dramatic improvement in his health. X Doctors have to keep up with all the extreme new medical developments.

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Doctors have to keep up with all the major new medical developments. Extreme is mainly used to describe situations, behaviour, opinions and beliefs: 'extreme poverty', 'extreme caution', 'extreme views', 'extreme disappointment'. When you are talking about a change or development, use words such as great/major/important/considerable/dramatic:'Without these major changes, the company would have collapsed.'

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I'm extremely convinced that there will not be another war. I'm absolutely convinced that there will not be another war. See note at VERY 2

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