難易度:上級

14:英検対策2級(Eiken Grade 2)

13: Eiken Grade 2 Vocabularies Lesson 13

Part 1: Vocabulary words

1. Probably adverb [prob-uh-blee]
most likely
Example: The kids will probably enjoy the party because of the games and clown performances.
Note: What would you probably do if you had a long vacation?

2. Gradually adverb [graj-oo-uhl]
advancing or progressing in a gradual or regular or continuous degree or manner
Example: He thought he wouldn't be able to master using the machine, but now, he’s gradually learning how to operate it with ease.
Note: ‘Gradual’ is the adjective form of ‘gradually’.

3. Indeed adverb [in-deed]
without any doubts; in truth; in fact; in reality
Example: Nelson Mandela is indeed one of the biggest names in history.
Note: ‘Indeed’ is also used in expressing surprise. Indeed! You have undoubtedly triumphed!

4. Never adverb [nev-er]
not ever; at no time; on no occasion; in no possible way; unconditionally not
Example: He promised himself he would never fail his father.
Note: What is that thing that you will never do?

5. Unfortunately adverb [uhn-fawr-chuh-nit]
without any luck or unluckily; regrettably
Example: Unfortunately, he couldn’t pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.
Note: Its adjective form, ‘unfortunate’, means suffering from bad luck. Having lost all his riches, everybody thinks he is a very unfortunate man.

6. Currently adverb [kur-uhnt-lee, kuhr-]
now or at the present time
Example: We are currently working on our post-graduate thesis.
Note: What are you currently doing?

7. Immediately adverb [ih-mee-dee-it-lee]
instantly and without delay; at once
Example: He was brought immediately to the hospital right after the attack.
Note: This word can also be used as a conjunction which means ‘as soon as’ or ‘directly’.
He started working immediately after he arrived at the office.

8. Increasingly adverb [in-kree-sing-lee]
advancing or increasing in amount, extent or intensity
Example: She became increasingly hostile after her break up with her boyfriend.
Note: Tell me about a thing that is increasingly becoming popular in Japan.

9. Nearly adverb [neer-lee]
all but; almost but not quite
Example: I nearly hit the jackpot! closely or intimately; with close affinity
Example: The hospital doesn’t allow visitors except for those who are nearly concerned and related to the patient.
Note: Give me an example of a thing that you nearly had but not quite.

10. Relatively adverb [rel-uh-tiv-lee]
in comparison with something else; in a relative way or manner
Example: There was a relatively small difference between the two plans.
Note: Another word for it is ‘comparatively’.

Part 2: Exercise 1



Give the word being asked for each number.

■probably ■unfortunately ■gradually ■currently ■indeed
■immediately ■never ■increasingly ■nearly ■relatively


_________________ 1. advancing or increasing in amount, extent or intensity
_________________ 2. without any doubts; in truth; in fact; in reality
_________________ 3. not ever; at no time; on no occasion; in no possible way; unconditionally not
_________________ 4. now or at the present time
_________________ 5. all but; almost but not quite
_________________ 6. advancing or progressing in a gradual or regular or continuous degree or manner
_________________ 7. in comparison with something else; in a relative way or manner
_________________ 8. most likely
_________________ 9. without any luck or unluckily; regrettably
_________________ 10. I nstantly and without delay; at once

Part 2: Exercise 2



Choose the correct words to complete the sentences below.


1. He didn’t waste any time. Upon receiving the money, he _______________ went to the school and enrolled.

a. haphazardly
b. sloppily
c. immediately
d. nearly

2. Everybody is busy right now because we are ____________ working on a new machine that is expected to make our tasks much easier.

a. currently
b. previously
c. formerly
d. consequently

3. Without any conditions, he gave his word to the boss that he would ______________ abandon his post.

a. waver
b. never
c. lever
d. cater

4. From a very conservative look, she’s now _____________ changing her get up to a more modern one.

a. subsequently
b. gradually
c. relatively
d. unfortunately

5. _____________, Michael Jackson will always be one of the biggest pop icons in history.

a. indeed
b. perhaps
c. probably
d. possibly