A Corpus-Based Study of the Synonyms: Perfect, Flawless, Impeccable

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Pong-ampai Kongcharoen
Wannasiri Thummanuruk


This research investigated three synonymous adjectives perfect, flawless, and impeccable in terms of meaning, degree of formality, collocations, and grammatical patterns. The three synonymous adjectives were scrutinized through the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA). The findings suggested that these three synonymous adjectives share some similarities; however, they cannot be used interchangeably in every context. In hotel contexts, there seemed to be a preference for impeccable compared with the other two.

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