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Adverbs of degree || definition, key points and list

Adverbs of degree || Definition, key points and the list

In this post, we learn what adverbs of degree are and how to use them in a sentence.

What are adverbs of degree?

Definition: An adverb of degree modifies a verb, adjective, or adverb by indicating how true it is. When you modify a verb, you indicate the degree to which the action takes place or is true. It speaks of the intensity of the action. When an adverb of degree modifies an adjective and an adverb, they indicate‚Äúwhat extent‚Äúthey’re true.

Adverbs of degree intensify (strengthen or weaken) the meaning of the word they modify. Let’s look at the list of adverbs of degree.

A list of adverbs of degree

  • Very
  • Extremely
  • Almost
  • Nearly
  • Completely
  • Scarcely
  • Enough
  • Just
  • Nearly
  • Badly
  • Deeply
  • Hardly
  • Entirely
  • Fairly
  • Fully
  • Greatly
  • Highly
  • How
  • Utterly
  • Incredibly
  • Less
  • Perfectly
  • Positively
  • Pretty
  • Too
  • Quite
  • Really
  • Scarcely
  • Simply
  • So
  • Somewhat
  • Totally
  • A little
  • Much
  • Insanely
  • Amazingly

Examples:-

  • It is extremely hot in here.
    (The adverb ‚Äėextremely‚Äė is modifying the adjective ‚Äėhot‚Äė and indicating its degree (to what extent it‚Äôs hot). Here, the adverb is strengthening the meaning of the adjective.)
  • It is quite hot in here.
    (Here, ‚Äėquite‚Äė is the adverb of degree‚Äô that‚Äôs modifying the adjective ‚Äėhot‚Äô, and telling us how hot it is: pretty. It‚Äôs not overly intensifying (positively) the meaning of the degree; it‚Äôs giving a neutral tone: it‚Äôs not too much or too less hot.)
  • It is somewhat hot in here.
    (‚ÄėSomewhat‚Äė is the adverb of degree here, and it‚Äôs not showing a very strong degree. If something is somewhat hot, it‚Äôs not very hot, but it‚Äôs hot.)
  • He completely changed my career.
    (‚ÄėCompletely‚Äė is the adverb of degree here that‚Äôs modifying the verb ‚Äėchanged‚Äė and telling us ‚Äėto what degree the action was true‚Äô. An action can be true to different extents. For example, he might have had a big part (let‚Äôs say 70%) or a small part (for say 30%) in changing my career. But the reality is that he had 100% part in changing my career. The action is true to the maximum degree. So, the adverb is positively intensifying the meaning of the verb.‚Äô

Imagina que hay un medidor que muestra diferentes niveles para que algo sea cierto. Un adverbio de grado funciona como un punto en el metro; muestra el nivel en el que algo es verdad.

More examples:-

  • She runs quite fast.
  • He hit me with an extremely hard punch.
  • The patient almost died in the ambulance.
  • We nearly missed the flight.
  • How can you completely disregard our work?
  • When the marriage fell apart, it badly affected her.
  • Sonia deeply cares about you.
  • Doing this assignment without my help is nearly impossible.
  • I hardly knew anyone when I moved here.
  • You could stay here. It‚Äôs perfectly fine with us.
  • We should meditate daily. It really helps.
  • Jon is so smart as a fighter.
  • You can simply leave if you don‚Äôt enjoy doing the work.
  • The water was very cold.
  • I totally agree with my parents.

Adverbs of degree (intensifying strongly‚Ķmore than ūüíĮ%)

  • Very
  • Extremely
  • So
  • Badly
  • Amazingly
  • Incredibly
  • Insanely

Examples:

  • You did very well.
  • The burger was so tasty that I licked the remaining off my fingers.
  • His house is insanely huge.
  • Jon was badly hurt in his last fight.

Adverbs of degree (intensifying fairly‚Ķ close toūüíĮ%)

  • Fairly
  • Entirely
  • Really
  • Completely
  • Simply
  • Positively
  • Fully
  • Totally
  • Enough
  • Simply

Examples:

  • The food here is fairly good compared to where we always eat.
  • It is hot enough to drink.
  • I was completely satisfied with the results.
  • His role is entirely fictitious in the movie.

Adverbs of degree (intensifying but not strongly, not even ūüíĮ%)

  • Somewhat
  • Quite
  • Rather
  • Pretty
  • Almost
  • Nearly
  • Just
  • A little

Examples:

  • His part is somewhat exciting.
  • We were quite satisfied with the final results.
  • She looked pretty beautiful.
  • The interview was just fine.
  • Conor looked a little sloppy in the fight.

A list of all adverbs of degree with examples

Adverbs of degree Meaning Modifying verbs (degree) Modifying adjectives Modifying adverbs
Very to a high degree Not used Your brother was very helpful. He runs very fast.
Extremely to a very high degree Not used  You look extremely beautiful in a saree. He runs extremely fast.
Much To a great extent Not used  The drink was much hot. Not used
Nearly Almost, close to being true  I nearly missed the train.  The show was nearly over when we reached.  The cake was nearly as tasted as the brownie.
Completely to the totality/in every way  We completely loved the show.  His plan was completely stupid. Not used
Scarcely almost not  Riya could scarcely walk after the accident.  His story about the incident was scarcely true. Not used
Enough To a degree that satisfies the speaker Not used  Is the water enough hot?  You are good enough for this job.
Almost very nearly  They almost made me join the gym.  I was almost broke when I moved to the city. Not used
Deeply to a great extent, extremely  The news of Jim’s death shocked us deeply.  We are deeply grateful for you. Not used
Hardly scarcely  I had hardly woken up when my friend Monu called.  She was hardly ready to give the speech. Not used
Badly to a great degree  We badly needed a break.  I was badly hurt last night. Not used
Entirely to the full extent  He relies entirely on his parents.  Sam’s story is entirely different from yours. Not used
Fairly to a moderate degree (less than very and more than average)  We haven’t won the game fairly, and it makes it feel terrible.  The car we are using is fairly new.  We get on fairly well.
Fully To a full/great extent  We fully support the people who are protesting at the Red Fort.  His car is fully automatic. Not used
Greatly To a great degree  We greatly decreased the debt rate.  Max was greatly touched by our gift. Not used
Highly To a high degree Not used  Going there can be highly dangerous for us. Not used
Utterly to a great extent Not used  Jon was utterly sad when he lost his dream job. Not used
Incredibly to a great degree, completely Not used  We are incredibly proud of what you have done.  He sings incredibly well.
Less to a small extent Not used  Can you be less annoying today? Not used
Perfectly To a great extent (like perfect) Not used  We are perfectly fine with the food.  The interview went perfectly well.
Positively to a fair degree She positively changed the working system here.  The interviewer was positively hostile with me. Not used
Pretty To a decent/fair degree but not very high Not used  You seem pretty happy today.  We played pretty well in today’s match.
Too To a great degree/very Not used  It’s too crowed in here.  You run too fast.
Quite To a complete degree…not very strong though Not used  The paper is quite easy.  He speaks quite fluently.
Really to a good extent  My English teacher Mohini really changed my life.  We have been working really hard on this project.  Jane sings really well.
Simply To a complete extent  We simply love working here.  You look simply beautiful in this dress. Not used
So To a great extent Not used  The party was so good.  You speak so fast.
Somewhat To a fair extent but not great  You somewhat changed my life.  His recent book was somewhat boring.  Rahul was behaving somewhat carelessly at the event.
Totally To the extreme degree, completely  The new manager has completely changed the policies regarding leaves.  The shopkeeper was totally right about the legal rights of a customer. Not used
A little to a small extent Not used  She looks a little upset about something. Not used
Insanely to a great extent  I insanely fell in love with teaching.  His standup was insanely good.  He raps insanely fast.
Amazingly to a high degree Not used  The soup is amazingly tasty.  He speaks Chinese amazingly well.

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