Intensifiers and Mitigators for intermediate learners

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

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"Intensifiers and Mitigators" in English Grammar

What Are Intensifiers and Mitigators?

Intensifiers and mitigators are adverbs that are used to make adjectives, verbs, and adverbs stronger or weaker.

Where Do We Use Intensifiers and Mitigators?

Intensifiers and mitigators are used after linking verbs or before adverbs, or main verbs. Here are the examples:

She is so happy.

He is very sure.

Intensifiers

Intensifiers are used to make an adjective, an adverb or a verb stronger. They are adverbs such as:

  • Very
  • So
  • Really
  • Extremely

Here are a few examples:

She was really tired.

I am so excited.

Mitigators

Mitigators are used to make a verb, an adverb, or an adjective weaker or less strong. Here are some common mitigators:

  • Rather
  • Slightly
  • A bit

He looked rather sad.

You seem slightly happy.

Review

There are some adverbs that are used to make a verb, an adverb, or an adjective weaker that are called:

  • Mitigators

There are some other adverbs that are used to make adverbs, verbs, and adjectives stronger. These adverbs are called:

  • Intensifiers

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