Adverbs – Degree


Adverbs are expressions that function as modifiers of other elements of the clause. They can provide a wide range of information.

Those used to provide information about the intensity of an action or adjective are called Adverbs of Degree or Intensifiers.

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Below the main Adverbs of Degree:

  • Really
  • Totally
  • Completely
  • Barely
  • Fairly
  • Absolutely

In some cases, Adverbs can be formed by adding -ly to adjectives.
For example: Extreme > extremely.

  1. We are really angry about the noise.
  2. It is totally worth it!
  3. You are completely wrong!
  4. They barely know each other.
  5. He was fairly certain about this.
  6. You have absolutely nothing to drink.

Adverbs of Degree usually modify adjectives and show how and to what extent something happens.

  1. Really (very);
  2. Totally (definitely);
  3. Completely (entirely);
  4. Barely (by the smallest amount);
  5. Fairly (not fully but enough);
  6. Absolutely (without exception, completely).

Adverbs are usually positioned after the auxiliary verbs “to be” or “to have” and before other verbs or the words they modify.

Adverbs are important as they modify other elements in a sentence. Adverbs can give information about the intensity of an action or adjective and these are called Adverbs of Degree.

The main Adverbs of Degree are: Really, totally, completely, barely, fairly and absolutely.

For example:
— “I absolutely agree with you.” = It shows the intensity of the action.
— “I am really happy right now.” = It shows the intensity of the adjective.

NOTE: Adverbs of Degree are usually positioned after the auxiliary verbs (to be/to have) and positioned before other verbs or the words they modify.

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