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Unit 9.1

Adverbs of Degree

Adverbs

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 of degree are usually positioned after the auxiliary verbs to be or to have, or before other verbs or the words they modify.

Regular

In most cases we obtain regular adverbs of degree by adding -ly to the adjectives. The most commonly used are:

ADJECTIVEADVERB
barebarely
realreally
totaltotally
completecompletely
absoluteabsolutely

Irregular

Irregular adverb of degree don’t follow the same rule and simply maintain the same form of the adjective, for example:

ADJECTIVEADVERB
almostalmost
enoughenough
tootoo
veryvery
quitequite

Regular

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

Irregular

  • She almost spill the orange juice. 
  • I think you had enough wine. 
  • This bag of potatoes is too heavy.
  • They are very thirsty.
  • You have quite a shopping list here.

Adverbs of degree are used to show the intensity of an action, adjective or another adverb.

Adverbs of degree give information about the intensity of an action or adjective. They are usually positioned after the auxiliary verbs and before other verbs or the words they modify.

They are formed by adding -ly to the adjective (barely, really, totally, completely, absolutely…).

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

Some adverbs of degree are irregular and simply maintain the same form of the adjective (almost, enough, too, very, quite…).

For example:
“Almost” ⇒ “She almost drinks it all” = It shows the intensity of the action.
“Enough” ⇒ “It is cold enough.” = 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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