Intensifiers and Mitigators in English Grammar

Intensifiers and Mitigators in English Grammar

Intensifiers and mitigators are two kinds of adverbs of degree. We use them to make words and expressions stronger or weaker.

Intensifiers and Mitigators in English Grammar

Intensifiers and Mitigators

Intensifiers and mitigators are two kinds of adverbs of degree. These adverbs provide information about the intensity of an action or adjective.

Intensifiers

Intensifiers are adverbs that make the meaning of another word stronger. We use words like very, really and extremely to make adverbs stronger

I'm very impressed .

This is a really nice place .

She found it extremely difficult to get a job .

Intensifiers usually come before the adverbs or adjectives they are modifying. But the intensifier 'enough' comes after the adverb.

This house isn't big enough for us .

We didn't leave early enough .

Mitigators

Mitigators are the opposite of intensifiers. We use mitigators to make words and expressions weaker and make the emphasis on these words and expressions not as strong.

It's fairly obvious what's going on here .

A rather small number of people turned up .

He seemed slightly embarrassed .

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