Unit 2.2

Adverbs of Degree: Intensifiers

Adverbs

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Introduction

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 {see Adverbs of Degree and Intensifiers and Mitigators, A2 level}.

Form

Intensifiers usually appear between:

  • The auxiliary verbs to be or to have;
  • The other verbs or the words they modify.

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

{see Intensifiers and Mitigators, A2 level}.

Example

  • I am completely satisfied with my salary.
  • She hasn’t deeply forgiven him for getting her position in the company.
  • We can hardly hear her offer.
  • He felt incredibly lucky that he bought the computer with a big discount.
  • Since she broke her foot, Kate scarcely walked with her flat shoes.
  • I gave him the suit I bought him and he virtually just said a plain “thanks”.

Use

Intensifiers modify adjectives and show the intensity of an action.

Summary

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

In addition to the intensifiers, there exists a number of other adverbs 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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