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, an adjective, or an adverb by telling to what degree they are true. When it modifies a verb, it indicates the degree to which the action takes place or is true. It talks about the intensity of the action. When an adverb of degree modifies an adjective and an adverb, they Indicate “to what degree” they are true.

Adverbs of degree intensify (strengthens or weakens) 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 ‘extremely‘ is modifying the adjective ‘hot‘ and indicating its degree (to what extent it’s hot). Here, the adverb is strengthening the meaning of the adjective.)

  • It is quite hot in here.

(Here, ‘quite‘ is the adverb of degree’ that’s modifying the adjective ‘hot’, and telling us how hot it is: pretty. It’s not overly intensifying (positively) the meaning of the degree; it’s giving a neutral tone: it’s not too much or too less hot.)

  • It is somewhat hot in here.

(‘Somewhat‘ is the adverb of degree here, and it’s not showing a very strong degree. If something is somewhat hot, it’s not very hot, but it’s hot.)

  • He completely changed my career.

(‘Completely‘ is the adverb of degree here that’s modifying the verb ‘changed‘ and telling us ‘to what degree the action was true’. An action can be true to different extents. For example, he might have had a big part (let’s 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.’

Imagine there is a meter that shows different level for something to be true. An adverb of degree works as a point in the meter; it shows the level to which something is true.

adverbs of degree
adverbs of degree

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’s 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’t enjoy doing the work.
  • The water was very cold.
  • I totally agree with my parents.

Adverbs of degree (intensifying strongly...more than 💯%)

  • 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… close to💯%)

  • 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 💯%)

  • 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.
Adverbs of degreeMeaningModifying verbs (degree)Modifying adjectivesModifying adverbs
Veryto a high degreeNot used • Your brother was very helpful.• He runs very fast.
Extremelyto a very high degreeNot used You look extremely beautiful in a saree.• He runs extremely fast.
MuchTo a great extent Not used The drink was much hot.Not used
NearlyAlmost, 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.
Completelyto the totality/in every way We completely loved the show. His plan was completely stupid.Not used
Scarcelyalmost not Riya could scarcely walk after the accident. His story about the incident was scarcely true.Not used
EnoughTo a degree that satisfies the speakerNot used Is the water enough hot? You are good enough for this job.
Almostvery nearly They almost made me join the gym. I was almost broke when I moved to the city.Not used
Deeplyto a great extent, extremely The news of Jim’s death shocked us deeply. We are deeply grateful for you. Not used
Hardlyscarcely I had hardly woken up when my friend Monu called. She was hardly ready to give the speech.Not used
Badlyto a great degree We badly needed a break. I was badly hurt last night.Not used
Entirelyto the full extent He relies entirely on his parents. Sam’s story is entirely different from yours.Not used
Fairlyto 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.
FullyTo a full/great extent We fully support the people who are protesting at the Red Fort. His car is fully automatic.Not used
GreatlyTo a great degree We greatly decreased the debt rate. Max was greatly touched by our gift.Not used
HighlyTo a high degreeNot used Going there can be highly dangerous for us.Not used
Utterlyto a great extentNot used Jon was utterly sad when he lost his dream job.Not used
Incrediblyto a great degree, completelyNot used We are incredibly proud of what you have done. He sings incredibly well.
Lessto a small extentNot used Can you be less annoying today?Not used
PerfectlyTo a great extent (like perfect)Not used We are perfectly fine with the food. The interview went perfectly well.
Positivelyto a fair degreeShe positively changed the working system here. The interviewer was positively hostile with me.Not used
PrettyTo a decent/fair degree but not very highNot used You seem pretty happy today. We played pretty well in today’s match.
TooTo a great degree/veryNot used It’s too crowed in here. You run too fast.
QuiteTo a complete degree…not very strong thoughNot used The paper is quite easy. He speaks quite fluently.
Reallyto a good extent My English teacher Mohini really changed my life. We have been working really hard on this project. Jane sings really well.
SimplyTo a complete extent We simply love working here. You look simply beautiful in this dress.Not used
SoTo a great extentNot used The party was so good. You speak so fast.
SomewhatTo 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.
TotallyTo 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 littleto a small extentNot used She looks a little upset about something.Not used
Insanelyto a great extent I insanely fell in love with teaching. His standup was insanely good. He raps insanely fast.
Amazinglyto a high degreeNot used The soup is amazingly tasty. He speaks Chinese amazingly well.
A list of all adverbs of degree with examples

Congratulations! You guys have mastered adverbs of degree. Feel free to correct any typing mistakes you come across.

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