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Adverbs of degree

Adverbs of degree modify other adverbs, adjectives, and verbs. Adverbs of degree are what grade adverbs, verbs, and adjectives or what tell us to the extent something happens or is described. Some adverbs of degree are: almost, somewhat, nearly, highly, greatly, just, fairly, extremely etc. The list is abundant. In the following examples, we’ll detail the uses of adverbs modifying verbs, other adverbs and adjectives.

(1) Adverbs of degree modifying verbs
  • The hairdresser cut my hair horribly.
  • They were drinking dangerously and stupidly. 
  • I didn’t think she was teaching badly.
(2) Adverbs of degree modifying other adverbs (in this position they are also called ‘intensifiers’)
  • He was talking too slowly for my liking.
  • I’m usually quickly finding the results.
  • Almost weekly I have an exam.
(3) Adverbs of degree modifying adjectives
  • I know I’m a very good football player.
  • George is a truly fantastic mathematician.
  • The kids thoroughly enjoyed the basketball match.

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