“It's awfully cold for March.”
You're making small talk with a friend about the weather. It's March, when the weather usually starts to get warm, but today it's snowing. You make this observation.
It's awfully cold for March.
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"Awfully" is an adverb like "very", "really", "slightly", and so on. It can mean two different things:
- When you're talking about something negative, "awfully ___" can mean "a little too ___":
She's awfully close to the edge there. Tell her to come back over this way.
You must be awfully tired. I'll go get the bed ready for you.
- "Awfully ___" can also mean something between "quite ___" and "very ___":
Oh wow. That was awfully nice of him to let you do that.
I'm awfully proud of you, son.
The most common adjectives to use with "awfully" are:
- awfully good
- awfully nice
- awfully big
- awfully quiet
- awfully long
When you say that it's "cold for March", it means that the weather is colder than March days usually are.
You can say that something is "___ for ___" whenever you want to compare it to other items in a similar group. For example:
You speak Korean well for an American.
The atmosphere of St. Laurent's is surprisingly down-to-earth for such a traditional French restaurant.