Aweful is a contraction of awe and full meaning full of awe. It can indicate that one is amazed and in awe at how bad/ good etc... Is. Today it has become a byword for simply bad, just as bad/ sick etc can sometimes mean something is great. It's aweful when you see the chef's finger poking out of your burger whilst he's being rushed to hospital missing said digit. But technically you are aweful with regards to it.
The neuter form is the same as when expensive is used as an adverb. You will mostly be able to tell if there is a neutral expression, "it" is expensive. Det er dyrt. "This smells expensive". Dette lukter dyrt.
But if your "it" clearly points to an item that is -not- a neuter noun, you need to find the appropriate ending. "I can't afford that car, it is too expensive." Jeg har ikke råd til den bilen, den er for dyr. Bil and den are both masculine, dyr being the masculine form. "The plane tickets has become so expensive". Flybillettene har blitt så dyre. Flybillettene is plural, dyre is the plural form.
Dyre dyr ... Expensive animals
Et dyrt dyr ... An expensive animal
Et dyr er dyrt. An animal is expensive.
Det dyre dyret ... The expensive animal
De dyre dyrene ... The expensive animals
Dyr er dyre. Animals are expensive.
Dyrene er dyre. The animals are expensive.