ADVERBS OF DEGREE
UsageAdverbs of degree tell us about the intensity or degree of an action, an adjective or another adverb.
Common adverbs of degree:Almost, nearly, quite, just, too, enough, hardly, scarcely, completely, very, extremely. Adverbs of degree are usually placed:
- before the adjective or adverb they are modifying: e.g. The water was extremely cold.
- before the main verb: e.g. He was just leaving. She has almost finished.
- She doesn’t quite know what she’ll do after university.
- They are completely exhausted from the trip.
- I am too tired to go out tonight.
- He hardly noticed what she was saying.
- Is your coffee hot enough? (adjective)
- He didn’t work hard enough. (adverb)
- We have enough bread.
- They don’t have enough food.
- This coffee is too hot. (adjective)
- He works too hard. (adverb)
- The dress was big enough for me.
- She’s not experienced enough for this job.
- The coffee was too hot for me.
- The dress was too small for her.
- The coffee was too hot to drink.
- He didn’t work hard enough to pass the exam.
- She’s not old enough to get married.
- You’re too young to have grandchildren!
- The painting was very beautiful. (adjective)
- He worked very quickly. (adverb)
- The house was ugly OR The house was not very beautiful
- He worked slowly OR He didn’t work very quickly.
- Very expresses a fact: He speaks very quickly.
- Too suggests there is a problem: He speaks too quickly (for me to understand).
Positive: The teacher was rather nice. Negative: The film was rather disappointing.
Note on inversion with negative adverbsNormally the subject goes before the verb:
- I have never seen such courage. Never have I seen such courage.
- She rarely left the house. Rarely did she leave the house.
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