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Adverbs of Degree: Intensifiers

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 [1] and Intensifiers and Mitigators [2], 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 [2], 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 [2] 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 [2], 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.