Degree Adverbs And How They Are Used

Degree Adverbs And How They Are Used

Adverbs, as we know them, are popularly used in modifying the verb. That is, they tell us more about how the action was carried out. Adverbs are most times derived from an adjective. This is by simply adding -ly to the adjective. This is however not the case in some situations. They are some adverbs that don’t follow these rules. A category of such adverbs that disobey the common rule is Degree Adverbs.

While the common adverbs we know modify verbs, the degree adverbs modify not only the verb but equally modify the adverb as well as adjectives. Basically, degree adverbs also known as adverbs of degree give us the degree of something. This is the intensity or how much of something. Degree adverbs when used come before the adverbs, the verb or the adjective they modify. Common degree adverbs are “very”, “enough”, “too”.

As said degree adverbs can modify adjectives, showing the extent or the intensity of the adjective. Let us take a couple of examples:

Bella did a very difficult job.
That ball is too big for the kids to play.

The role of the “very” and “too” in the above sentences are telling us the degree of the adjective in front of them. In the first case, Bella did a very difficult job. Telling us the job was really difficult and not easy at all. It tells us the extent of difficulty. In the second case, the “too” shows the extent to which the ball is big. In both cases, the words very and too are telling us the degree hence we term as degree adverbs.

One last example here to drive home the message.

This movie is more interesting than the previous one.
The “more” is equally playing the role of the degree adverb. Where it tells us the extent or degree of interestingness of the movie.

In another responsibility, degree adverbs can modify an adverb.

John went there very quickly.
The very there is telling us how quickly John when there. That is the degree. The adverb there is quickly.

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