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Adverb of Degree

Definition: We all know that adverbs tell us something new about verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.  We also are familiar with the different types of adverbs.

Let us today understand one important type of adverb i.e.  Adverb of Degree

    • Adverbs of degree tell us the intensity, concentration, or even depth of a particular action.
    • Adverbs of degree usually modify verbs.
    • Some adverbs of degree can modify adjectives, other adverbs, or clauses.
    • They answer to the question “how much” or “to what extend”
    • They can come before a main verb, after a main verb, or after an object.
    • Usually they are formed by adding the suffix ly to adjectives.
    1. I had a very enjoyable weekend.
    2. It was extremely hot when I visited Dubai.
    3. You are too small for this type of game.

    Adverbs of Degree

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    List of Commonly Used Adverbs of Degree

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     Almost               Absolutely         Awfully              Badly                Barely                
     completely   decidedly  deeply  enough   enormously 
     entirely  extremely  fairly  far  fully
     greatly  hardly  highly  how  incredibly
     indeed  intensely  just  least  less
     little  lots  most  much  nearly
     perfectly  positively  practically   pretty  purely
     quite  rather  really  scarcely   simply
     so  somewhat  strongly  terribly  thoroughly
     too  totally  utterly  very  well , virtually 

    The diagram below explains the various degrees/ temperature of water with help of adverbs of degree:

    Adverb Of Diagram

    Examples of Adverbs of Degree

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    In the following examples, we will be able to see the various places in a sentence an adverb of degree can be placed.

             Quite              Completely             Too                Hardly        

    1. Actually, she is quite unsure about her future.
    2. I am completely drained out after the strenuous workout.
    3. The boots were too big for Jasper.
    4. I hardly had any time to rest, before the next lot of kids came in. 

               Enough                        Very                          Too                 
    1. Have you had enough to eat?
    2. This coffee is too hot. 
    3. He wrote the letter very quickly.
    • If we want to make a negative form of an adjective or adverb, we can use a word of opposite meaning, or not very.
    1. She is not very bright.
    2. He didn’t drive very fast, I was with him.

    Point to Note:   
    There is a difference between “very” and” too” - Very signifies a fact/ reality and too signifies excess.
    • Harry spoke the lines very quickly.
    • Harry spoke the lines too quickly.

    We use emphasizing adverbs to modify adjectives such as ‘astonishing’, ‘furious’ and ‘wonderful’, which express extreme qualities.     
    1. I think the movie was absolutely wonderful.
    2. It was so astonishing to find such a pretty house in the middle of the jungle.
    3. I was simply furious when I heard the news. 

    Use the appropriate adverb of degree to fill in the blanks:

     1. Christie Jones looked ……………. handsome at the award ceremony.(rather,quite,very) 
     2. Melissa is an………………………..  fabulous cook.  ( absolutely / extremely )
     3. Picasso’s paintings are…………………. well known.  ( very, fairly, absolutely)
     4. The death of Robin Williams has…………………shocked the world.  ( highly, really, rather) 
     5. In my opinion, that boy is……………………. mad.( very, completely, highly)

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