Can we use the word "tremendous" in a negative connotation?
Patty, I agree completely. But in your example sentence, tremendous has the exact same meaning (#1 in my answer, very very very big, in size, amount or intensity) that it would have in a sentence with the opposite noun, My life was a tremendous success, right? So, in these sentences, the adjective tremendous does not have either a negative or a positive meaning, like it used to in the olden days.
|link comment||answered Feb 13 at 16:22 Shawn Mooney Expert|
This is another great question. Usually, in modern English, tremendous means (1) very very very big, in size, amount or intensity, or (2) really really excellent. The old-fashioned meanings were (3) very very bad, or (4) very very frightening. But those negative meanings have mostly been lost in modern times.
I hope this helps.
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