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 DegreeModifyingExample
extremelyadjectiveThe weather was extremely bad.
quiteadjectiveThe book is quite interesting.
justverbThe match has just started.
almostverbHe is almost finished.
veryadverbShe is talking very fast.
tooadverbYou are working too slowly.
enoughadverbYou 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.