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Unit 9.1

Adverbs – Degree


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

Adverbs of degree or intensifiers are used to provide information about the intensity of an action or adjective. {See Adverbs – Degree, A1 level}

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

Below the main adverbs of degree:

Bare Barely
Real Really
Total Totally
Complete Completely
Absolute Absolutely

There are also many irregular adverbs of degree that you need to learn by heart.

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

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

  1. Barely (by the smallest amount);
  2. Really (very);
  3. Totally (definitely);
  4. Completely (entirely);
  5. Absolutely (without exception, completely).

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.

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

The main adverbs of degree are: Barely, really, totally, completely 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.

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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