How you would intensify the following sentence:

  • He is jealous of me.

I'm not sure, but which one of the following sentences works here:

  • He is a serious jealous of me.

  • He is a real jealous of me.

  • He is a severe jealous of me.

I was wondering if you could help me to discover what sentence is in common use to be said here.

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    very jealous? – CinCout Jan 18 '17 at 7:48
  • He is intensely jealous of me? – Tom Fenech Jan 18 '17 at 14:05

Depending on how jealous you want to make this person out to be, insanely is often used to intensify jealous in this context.

He is insanely jealous of me.

The meaning being that the person is jealous almost to the point of being crazy.


You would intensify jealous, which doesn't need the article, so there's no reason for it to be there:

  • He is seriously jealous of me
  • He is really jealous of me
  • He is severely jealous of me
  • He is very jealous of me

It's possible seriously might be a bit too casual, and severely isn't quite right, and it has a different meaning which might be confusing. The best way to go is really or very.

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    You could do worse than refer to Shakespeare, who coined so many sayings 400 years ago that are a vital part of English to this day. In Othello, Act 3, scene 3 he personified jealousy as "the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on." Could you imagine a more intense jealousy than "That green-eyed monster, his jealousy for me, eats at his very spleen"? And dropping a little Shakespeare along the way could not fail to impress! – Warren Ham Jan 18 '17 at 9:57
  • It's worth noting that in some dialects, "He is real jealous of me" is okay in informal contexts. Unfortunately, without the right stress pattern, it could be thought of as a mistake made by a non-native speaker. – Mark S. Jan 18 '17 at 13:32
  • @MarkS. Yeah, that's true. – jimsug Jan 18 '17 at 13:49

All the sentences presented by the OP are not correct grammatically.

The word "jealous" is an adjective, not a noun. An adverb modifies an adjective, but the OP has used adjectives serious, real and severe instead of the adverbs seriously, really and severely to modify the jealous.

None of the adverbs mentioned above are common in use though you can use them. You can also use other adverbs such as very, extremely, insanely, madly, too. The use depends on the extent of the intensity you want to indicate.

However, the most commoly used adverb going with jealous is "very".

He's very jealous of me.

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