Adverb of Degree Explained with Definition and Examples
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- Adverbs of Degree
An adverb of degree refers to the degree or intensity of an adjective, a verb, or another adverb.
There is a plethora of adverbs that mean "very" but in varying degrees.
above average but not strong: fairly, pretty
I did pretty well in the test today.
strong: especially, remarkably
Today's lesson was especially useful.
very strong : insanely, amazingly
The movie was insanely fun.
Click on the Circles to Spot the Seven Adverbs of Degree
Students often mistake "too" for a synonym of "very". "Very" means to a higher degree or intensity, but "too" is mostly used with a negative connotation.
Liam is very bold.
The food was too expensive for Lilly to afford.
While "enough" can be used both as an adverb of degree and a determiner, "too" is used as an adverb at all times.
Harry didn't write enough to pass the exam. (adverb of degree)
The hall is big enough to seat 50 students. (adverb of degree)
There is enough food in the kitchen. (determiner)
"Too" is an adverb meaning "also" or "excessively".
The questions were too hard for Max to answer. (excessively)
I know it too. (also)