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Her constant whining really ____________ me.

He tried to fix my computer, but he only ____________ the problem.

The war was ____________ by the president's angry speech.

Aw man, I think I ____________ my leg injury!

James is really hard to ____________.

Adam got offended and ____________ when I said that I didn't like the Star Wars prequels.

If you don't want to ____________ this argument, then you should probably stop talking!

Studying on Saturday mornings can be really ____________ for some people.

Don't let him get to you. He's just trying to ____________ you.

Talking trash is only going to ____________ the matter.


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131 Comments on “Vocabulary: How to Use ‘Aggravate’ and ‘Annoy’”


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Can we use ‘bother’ as well?

Sunday, January 12th 2014

    As a synonym for “annoy”? Absolutely.

    Saturday, January 25th 2014

      I am always wondering about the difference between Problem and Issue??
      Thank you

      Monday, February 3rd 2014

    Hi Alex, this was an interesting lesson!

    How about when you do it on purpose, I mean when you annoy someone deliberately.

    Is it possible to say “I aggravated my girlfriend yesterday when I began talking about a close female friend of mine”?

    Thanks for everything. Have a nice weekend!!!

    Tuesday, May 6th 2014

Oh! its really hard to find out which one is annoy and which is aggravate.

Sunday, January 12th 2014

I got 10 correct out of 10.Thanks teacher

Sunday, January 12th 2014

    Very clear! Thank you

    Wednesday, January 15th 2014

First comment!!!!!
Dear Alex thanks for the class
Please make a video about ‘would’,would have been,could have been,should have been,would have done(not in conditional)
Eg:I would say,He would say,You would say(Is this unreal ,polite or giving opinion?)
Awaiting your reply

Sunday, January 12th 2014

Thanks Alex for this helpful video.

Monday, January 13th 2014

Thanks sir very good lesson, I got 100%.

Monday, January 13th 2014

It’s the very useful lesson for me! I haven’t known these two words before. Maybe it’s because that I feel irritation very rare. )) Thanks!

Monday, January 13th 2014

    Hi little Snail, so you rarely get annoyed/irritated? Mmm …mmm …Yeah … let me see… that’s it!!! It is because you do everything at a snail pace, don’t you?

    Monday, January 13th 2014

      Sorry, I did not mean to be rude. I only wanted to share this idiomatic expression.
      Have a nice day!!!

      Regards

      Monday, January 13th 2014

        Oh! It’s okay! :)) Hi Regino! It isn’t annoying me. I just think like a slow snail. ;) Have a nice day too

        Katy

        Monday, January 13th 2014

          …it did not annoy you, Katy? Well, that makes me feel much better.

          See you around and have a wonderful weekend!!!

          Sunday, January 26th 2014

Thanks Alex, it’s very useful lesson.

Monday, January 13th 2014

“Aggravate” was my new word. But I got 8 correct out of 10 :) Thank you, Alex :D

Monday, January 13th 2014

Hi Alex, this was an interesting lesson!
How about when you do it on purpose, I mean when you annoy someone deliberately.

Is it possible to say “I aggravated my girlfriend yesterday when I began talking about a close female friend of mine”?

Thanks for everything. Have a nice weekend!!!

Monday, January 13th 2014

    Regino, I looked the word up in the Cambridge dictionary and I also found aggravate=annoy, there was an example: ‘stop aggravating me, will you?’
    So back to your question, I am very curious what Alex would say.

    Monday, January 13th 2014

      Because so many people use it in this fashion, it has become more accepted as a synonym for “annoy,” but the original meaning is to make something worse.

      Saturday, January 25th 2014

      Thanks Anina, you were absolutely right!!!
      Alex’s answer confirms yours.

      Thanks again for your help.

      Have a great day!

      Sunday, January 26th 2014

nice lesson

Monday, January 13th 2014

thanx Alex, really you are amazing english

teacher and your lessons are so useful,
I wish If you could make a lesson for some confusing phrasal verbs, such as ” think of , think about” , ” get back, go back, come back”

Monday, January 13th 2014

i am always confuse this word can you explain

james has had

Monday, January 13th 2014

Awesome! I noticed that you can also look at it this way:
1. Annoy is always used in regards to a person (you cannot annoy a thing)
2. Aggravate is always used for things (you cannot aggravate a person in the psychological sense). You can only make SOMETHING worse.

Thanks a lot Alex! I wonder if you remember any Polish :)? Best wishes from Poland!

Monday, January 13th 2014

Wow, I got all the questions. It´s great. Thanks for everthing teacher.

Monday, January 13th 2014

wow i got 90 marks thanks alex

Monday, January 13th 2014

Nice lesson and explanation. 100%

Monday, January 13th 2014

Is the sentence: “She always annoys her friends” acceptable? What sounds more natural in this case: present simple or present progressive?

Monday, January 13th 2014

    Hi Hiubhp,. . . if it (annoying people) has become a habit, present tense sounds more natural to me.
    Hope it may help.
    Regards

    Sunday, January 26th 2014

Alex, Thanks a lot for this useful class.Good luck forever.

Monday, January 13th 2014

thank you very much , Alex.

Monday, January 13th 2014

Excellent lesson as always. I like these English lesson especially those with Alex.

Monday, January 13th 2014

fantastic lesson.

Monday, January 13th 2014

Thank you for this lesson…I like Your teaching Mr.Alex….

Monday, January 13th 2014

Thank you very much , mr.Alex.

Monday, January 13th 2014

Thanks Alex for this lesson.
For me, the most difficult part of it is still the right pronunciation of the word “aggravate”.
So difficult….!

Monday, January 13th 2014

Hi Alex, thanks for a good lesson ;). I recon you should be more enthusiastic ;)

Monday, January 13th 2014

HI ALEX ! Thank you for this lesson

Monday, January 13th 2014

Thanks teacher. It is really useful lesson. So now, I can use those words correctly.

Monday, January 13th 2014

10 out of 10 :)

Monday, January 13th 2014

could someone here to tell me how to respond to comments, please?
i’ve tried but couldn’t find out how!!!

Monday, January 13th 2014

    When you mouse over the comment, a link that says “Reply to this comment” should show up! If it’s not working for you, let me know what browser you’re using or if you’re looking at it on your phone!

    Monday, January 13th 2014

Thank you, Alex! Very thorough explanation!

Monday, January 13th 2014

I like your lesson Alex. Thanks a lot.

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

I got 10 correct out of 10.

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Hey plz help me.video is not opening in Pakistan.I missed all the lesson.plz kindly tell me how to get this video means how to open it. :(

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

10/10 Thank you Alex!

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Before I watched this video, I got 8 out of 10, but after this lesson, I’ve got 100% and known the difference between ‘Annoy’ and ‘Aggravate’. Thanks Adam! ;-D

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

    Did ou take the quizz first and then watched the video? That’s not a bad idea! Next time I’m gonna try it out.

    Have a nice day!!!

    Sunday, January 26th 2014

      …correction: “Did YOU take the quizz . . .”

      Sorry, we all make mistakes from time to time.

      Regards

      Sunday, January 26th 2014

To: EngVid Moderator.

I use SAFARI on MacBook Pro.
I have checked again, but still can’t see reply!!!! i can just leave comment on main page.
Thank you in advance for your help

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Thanks, Alex.

Simple and useful

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

thank u so much =)

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Thank you, teacher. Good lesson, go on so :-)

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Luckily not a problem for spanish speakers like me, since we have “agravar” which means exactly the same.
Anyway, thank you for these great videos!

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Excellent!! Thanks so much!!! I was getting injured by this!!! =)

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Thank you very much Alex, you´re the best.

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

Thank my Teacher .. I got 10/10

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

thanks for your way really i am getting better

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

Very nice stuff.

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

Great lesson!The difference between languages is interesting, on portuguese language, it is very simple, it is not a confusing words.
Regards

Thursday, January 16th 2014

Very exaustive lesson. Many thanks

Thursday, January 16th 2014

English is a confusing language, isn’t it? Mandarin is plain and simple as Japanese, Swahili, Bedouin, etc.
Come on! Even Portuguese is not a very simple language.
Spanish is a very simple language when you heard speak it a “giri”.
Low German, middle German, etc. is easier than English.
Polish is the easiest language ever. And yanks speak a perfect English.
I can see the future. All of us will speak in Chinese.
The easiest language ever.

Friday, January 17th 2014

Thank you teacher. I used dictionary to find the meaning of “aggravate” and I also misunderstand the meaning of it. Thank to your helpful lesson, now I understand it clearly. I’m looking forward to watching your next lesson. Thanks

Friday, January 17th 2014

Great lesson Alex, thank you!

Friday, January 17th 2014

Thanks for your clear explanation.

Saturday, January 18th 2014

you are a perfect teacher!!! thank youuu!!

Saturday, January 18th 2014

Thanks a lot for your help Sir. I make out the lesson perfectly. hope you be successful in your career.

Sunday, January 19th 2014

Thanks alex , i understood the lesson

Sunday, January 19th 2014

Thank you alex.

Sunday, January 19th 2014

Hi Alex; I’m very surprise that people can indifferently use the two words the meaning of each one seeming obvious and I’ve never thought they could have been taken as synonyms. I see that in English, to annoy means only to irritate. In my language, French, it also means to bore (oneself or someone else): ‘he is really boring that girl’, in French you would say ‘he is annoying that girl” in other words ‘he is making her bored’. In both languages, to aggravate has the very same meaning, making things worst. So I do not really understand how the use of two words can give rise to confusion. Thanks.

Monday, January 20th 2014

Corrected;
Hi Alex; I’m very surprised that people could indifferently use the two words, the meaning of each one seeming obvious. I’ve never thought they could have been taken as synonyms. I see that in English, “to annoy” only means “to irritate”. In my language, French, it means “to bore” (oneself or someone else): “he’s really boring that girl”; in French you would say “he is really annoying that girl” in other words “he is making her bored”. In both languages, “to aggravate” has the very same meaning, making things worst. So I do not really understand how the use of the two words can give rise to confusion. Thanks.

Monday, January 20th 2014

I got only 90%..

Tuesday, January 21st 2014

so aggravate and exaggerate are something alike

Tuesday, January 21st 2014

    Nope, aggravate is something like adding the problem to make it more serious or severe while exaggerate is to enlarge beyond bounds, i hope im right hehehe

    Friday, January 24th 2014

I think aggravate means to add to the problem. Isn’t right professor?

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

I was out for a while, but now I am back. I think I have missed a lot… I love your way of teaching, Alex: clear, simply, patient… Thank you very much.

Thursday, January 23rd 2014

hi sir….plz help me becoz i could not watch the video…..it give the option “The server refused the connection.”…..

Friday, January 24th 2014

Perfect score again… This site is so awesome!!!! million thumbs-up to people behind this website….

Friday, January 24th 2014

Hi, alex. Thank you for one more very useful video. Sorry for make a comment off-topic, but I have a such doubt and I didn’t find a lesson about that here. My question would be about the difference between the expressions “figured out”, “wondering” and “thinking”. Could you, please, help me with this? Which situation should I use each one of them? I think I’ve made mistakes with this expressions… Thank you for read my comment ;)

I’m looking foward to your response. All the best (and sorry for any english mistake that I made here)

Saturday, January 25th 2014

How many sounds are there in English?
a) 44 : or b) 47

Sunday, January 26th 2014

Thank you for the lesson Alex!
May I use tease as a synonymous of annoy?

Monday, January 27th 2014

Thank you for the very useful lesson Alex.I got only 60% can I Improve or not?

Tuesday, January 28th 2014

yes I got 100%

Tuesday, January 28th 2014

I totally understand the lesson ….thank u so mch sir…

Wednesday, January 29th 2014

I got 10/10 thanks)

Friday, January 31st 2014

I never know the word ” aggravate” before. Thank you very much. The lesson was clear and I got one more word in my vocabulary …hehe

Friday, January 31st 2014

I got 10 correct out of 10.Thanks teacher

Friday, January 31st 2014

Aggravate is a new word for me.

Thank you Alex, What an interesting lesson

Tuesday, February 4th 2014

great 10 out of ten. thanks teacher.

Sunday, February 9th 2014

I got 9 correct out of 10.
Thanks teacher Alex so much

Friday, February 21st 2014

This was interesting lesson Alex, thank you very much))

Thursday, March 6th 2014

Hi,Alex thank for this wonderful lesson.I scored 90.

Thursday, March 6th 2014

Hi, Is the sentence below correct please?
the hotel overlooked the beach and just a short walk away.

Monday, March 10th 2014

i got 70.thank Sir.

Wednesday, March 12th 2014

i understood, my scores are 90 poit

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

Hi Alex,
thanks a lot for your useful lesson.
I increase my vocabulary :)
take care

Monday, April 14th 2014

Hi Alex, my question is not about lessons, I just wonder if you can still speak polish fluently? Do you use it often? Do you go back to Poland every year? I am from Hungary:) Sorry my question is not about these lessons:) You have great explanations!

Thursday, April 17th 2014

I think native Spanish speakers wouldn’t have trouble with “aggravate” because in Spanish we have the same word with the exact (and correct) meaning. It is “agravar/aggravate”

Se agravó la situación.
The situation was aggravated.

You shouldn’t say “to aggravate a person” in Spanish(, neither should English). xD

Easy for us!! =)

Monday, April 21st 2014

    Yep!!! You’re right. This is not a problem for us.

    I thought about it, but it never crossed my mind that I could make a comment on this.

    Si, definitivamente esto no representa un problema para nosotros, ¿verdad?

    ¡Buen inicio de semana!

    Tuesday, May 6th 2014

THANK YOU ALEX.It was an interesting lesson. In fact i used to make such mistakes.Now thanks to you i will never make such errors <3

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

thank you, absolutely clear.

Friday, May 16th 2014

I LIKE YOUR LESSONS ALEX

Wednesday, June 18th 2014

I got 90, thanks for lessons

Saturday, June 21st 2014

can we also use tease in situations when we are irriteting someone deliberatly

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Thank you Alex! this lesson was very useful!

Thursday, July 24th 2014

Good Lesson, but i have to tell you: I get problems with my pronunciation about “aggravate”… I must continue practicing

Monday, September 1st 2014

Nice I learn what the different now thank Mr.

Thursday, November 6th 2014

I got perfect score : D

Monday, November 24th 2014

Alex..can you suggest a good technique to preparing for IELTS test…English is my first language.

Tuesday, January 13th 2015

Thank you.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015

It’s good

Wednesday, March 4th 2015

Alex is really a good teacher,thanks Alex !

Saturday, March 21st 2015

10 correct … thank you again Alex :)

Sunday, May 31st 2015

thumbs up!! 10/10…..that was really useful and informative.

Saturday, June 27th 2015

thanks for the informations :)

Thursday, July 9th 2015

hey Alex, I’m very good in reading and writing but I have a problem with speaking and understanding native speakers… what can I do to improve my speaking and listening skills?

Tuesday, July 28th 2015

Good lesson, as usual. :-)

Monday, August 10th 2015

WOW I CAN’T BELIEVE I GOT IT ALL. THAT MEANS THE EXPLANATION OF OUR OUTSTANDING TEACHER MR. ALEX THOUGHT IT SO WELL AND IN UNDERSTANDABLE WAY. THANK YOU SIR ALEX FOR YOUR TEACHINGS. YOU’RE A KIND OF A BIG HELP YOU KNOW.

Tuesday, October 20th 2015

Thanks so much….You are a excellent teacher!!!
Take care friend!!

Wednesday, November 4th 2015

Thanks Alex. I am always listening to you with pleasure. But as a French I couldn’t have a problem of misunderstanding with these two words because they looks like two useful French words = ennuyer for to annoy and aggraver for to aggravate.
Thanks a lot for your lessons.

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

    That does make it easier. Nice. :)

    Thursday, January 7th 2016

9/10. thank you very much.

Thursday, January 7th 2016

    No problem! Thanks for watching.

    Thursday, January 7th 2016

I got 90. Thank you.

Monday, February 8th 2016

Oh yeah! Got a perfect on this one. Thanks alex.

Friday, February 19th 2016

Formidable lesson! As always.

Sunday, March 6th 2016

thanks a lot.

Friday, April 1st 2016

I must STRONGLY disagree with Alex on “Aggravate” meaning. He Says that it`s incorrect to use “Aggravate” as synomyms of “to irritate” or “to annoy”. BUT BOTH Oxford and Collin`s dictionaries claim the opposite. “Aggravate”(apart from “worsen”) is a colloquial way of saying “Irritate” or “Annoy” so i don`t see any obstacles not to use it in this way and besides i heard many times people say it in movies and on TV.

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

hi alex you are the best for me,i find your section very useful and worth for me.
thank you very much

Thursday, September 1st 2016
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