What Are Adverbs of Degree?
Adverbs of degree are used to indicate the intensity or degree of something. They are typically used to answer questions such as 'how much' or 'to what extent'.
Common Adverbs of Degree
Some of the most common adverbs of degree are:
Adverbs of Degree: Placement
When we want to use adverbs of degree in sentences, we can use them in either of the four positions below:
- Before the main verb
Well, you should
As you can see, the adverb of degree is modifying the verb.
This house looks
As you can see, the adverb of degree is modifying an adjective.
I want you to run
Here, the adverb of degree is modifying another adverb.
- Before or after the modal verb
Adverbs of Degree: Types
In English, there are two types of adverbs of degree, which are:
Intensifiers are used to add emphasis to the action in a statement, making it more forceful or stronger. Below is a list of common intensifiers in English:
Now, let us learn how to use them by studying the examples below:
When I told her the terrible news, she was
Keep in mind that the intensifiers we use with gradable adjectives are different from those used with ungradable adjectives because gradable adjectives can be measured, while ungradable adjectives cannot. Compare the following examples carefully:
The weather is
'Hot' is a gradable adjective, so it can be intensified using 'very'
As you can see, we cannot say something is 'a bit free' or 'a lot free' because it is a fixed state.
In contrast to intensifiers, mitigating adverbs of degree are used to weaken the impact of an action in a statement, making it less forceful or strong. Let us explore some of the common mitigators in English:
- A bit
Now, let us learn how we can use them in sentences:
As you can see, the sentence is suggesting that the person was not able to walk that much.
Could you read
It is important to understand that 'very' and 'too' have slightly different usages as intensifiers. While both words are used to intensify adverbs or adjectives and are placed before them, "too" has a negative connotation and can imply that the degree of the quality being described is excessive or undesirable. Pay attention to the following examples:
The party was
Here, the sentence shows that the person has enjoyed the party greatly.
The party was
In this case, the sentence shows that something happened in the party that brought about an
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