Other Ways to Say “Average”
Hi English learners! Welcome to a new vocabulary lesson. We are going to learn 10 other ways to say “average” which include adjectives and idiomatic expressions.
Here is the list:
- Nothing to write home about
- A dime a dozen
- Common or garden
When we say that something is acceptable, we mean that it is not excellent but good enough for a particular purpose.
- All the students who reach an acceptable level of knowledge will be able to apply for a scholarship.
- The manager decided to sign the contract; although it wasn’t perfect, he assumed it was acceptable.
Something is adequate when it is not very good but good enough.
- The hotel we stayed in was basic but perfectly adequate. It had everything we needed.
- When we made sure we had an adequate amount of food and drinks for the weekend we went camping.
If something is decent, then it has a satisfactory standard or quality.
- Mira had a decent job with a decent salary.
- For the money I pay I expect to have a decent hotel room.
If something is middling, it is of average ability, size, and quality; not very good but not bad either.
- Although she practised a lot, Tara was a pianist of middling talent.
- ‘Do you like your tea strong?’ ‘I like it middling.’
Something is tolerable when it is of acceptable quality but not very good.
- The accommodation we had at the campsite was barely tolerable.
- The house we rented is too small but tolerable for the time being because we can’t afford a better one.
If we say that something is passable, we mean that it is satisfactory but not excellent.
- The food in the restaurant was excellent but the service was passable.
- Mary can speak passable Spanish.
Nothing to write home about
If we say that something is nothing to write home about we mean that it is average and ordinary; not special at all.
- The play we watched last night was all right but nothing to write home about.
- Tim’s new flat is in a nice place but the interior is nothing to write home about.
A dime a dozen
Something is a dime a dozen when it is ordinary and average; not special in any way.
- Movies like this one are a dime a dozen nowadays. I’d like to see something more interesting.
- Jobs like that are a dime a dozen today. I’m sure you’ll find a new one soon.
Common or garden
If something is common or garden, it is ordinary and average.
- Our new car is common or garden but it is very comfortable.
- Thomas was a kind of designer that could turn common or garden furniture into stylish.
If something is run-of-the-mill, it is common and ordinary and not special or interesting at all.
- The holiday they spent in Paris was totally different from the run-of-the-mill holidays they’d had before.
- David gave a run-of-the-mill speech, not very interesting and a bit boring I’d say.
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