Unit 2.2

Adverbs of Degree: Intensifiers

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

Adverbs of degree or intensifiers provide information about the intensity of an action or adjective.


Intensifiers usually are placed:

  • between the auxiliary verbs to be or to have and the other verbs or the words they modify
    Subject + auxiliary verb + intensifier + other verb;
  • before other verbs or words
    Suject + intensifier + verb.

The most commonly used intensifiers are: completely, deeply, hardly, incredibly, scarcelyvirtually



  • I am completely satisfied with my salary.
  • She hasn’t deeply forgiven him.
  • We can hardly hear her offer.
  • He is incredibly lucky to have you in his life.
  • They scarcely know each other.
  • I gave him a gift and he virtually just said a plain “thanks”.


Intensifiers modify adjectives and show the intensity of an action.


Adverbs of degree give information about the intensity of an action or adjective.

In addition to the intensifiers, a number of other adverbs exists such as: completely, hardly, incredibly, scarcelyvirtuallydeeply

They are placed either after the auxiliary verbs or before other verbs or words.

For example:
— “It is hardly my fault.” = Hardly is used after the auxiliary verb is.
— “I hardly ate anything.” = Hardly is positioned before the verb ate.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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