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Adverbs of Degree

1) What are Adverbs of Degree?

Adverbs of degree tell us about the intensity of an adjective, an action, or another adverb. Here are some common examples of adverbs of degree:

  • Almost
  • Absolutely
  • Barely
  • Completely
  • Deeply
  • Enough
  • Enormously
  • Extremely
  • Fairly
  • Fully
  • Greatly
  • Hardly
  • Incredibly
  • Quite
  • Terribly

2. Where do Adverbs of Degree go?

Adverbs of degree are usually placed before the adjective, adverb, or verb that they modify, although there are some exceptions.

 

Adverb of Degree Modifying Example
extremely adjective The weather was extremely bad.
quite adjective The book is quite interesting.
just verb The match has just started.
almost verb He is almost finished.
very adverb She is talking very fast.
too adverb You are working too slowly.
enough adverb You are not driving fast enough.
 

2.1 Some Exceptions.

Enough meaning ‘to the necessary degree’ goes after the adjective or adverb that it is modifying. 

  • The drink wasn’t hot enough.

Too

Too as an adverb meaning “excessively” goes before the adjective or adverb it modifies.

  • The drink was too hot.

Too as an adverb meaning “also” goes at the end of the phrase it modifies.

  • I would like a drink too.