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Adverbs

Types of Adverbs - Intensifiers

 

 

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Adverbs often have words called intensifiers that denote or describe the quality of the action - how strong or weak it is. There are several types of intensifiers: those that show emphasis, those that amplify and those that play down or downtone the actions of verbs. In addition there are premodifiers which are words that modify or change the meaning of an adverb.

Emphasizers are words that make the verb stronger. Emphasizers would include such words as certainly, obviously, really, simply, literally, for sure.

The following table gives examples of emphasizers in italics.

 

Examples of emphasizers
That key obviously unlocks the door. I would really like another burger. Chess certainly is a challenging game.
Key unlock Burger Chess

 

Amplifiers are words that enlarge the meaning of the verb. Amplifiers would include such words as completely, totally, undoubtedly, absolutely, so, well.

The following table gives examples of amplifiers in italics.

Examples of amplifiers
The geyser is absolutely amazing. The black widow spider completely scared me. Our volleyball team played so well in the finals.
Geyser Black widow spider Volleyball

 

Downtoners are words that play down the verb. Downtoners would include such words as kind of, not so much, sort of, mildly, to some extent, simply, all but.

The following table gives examples of downtoners in italics.

 

Example of downtoners
The boat sort of swayed. The scale simply weighed a few objects. The shark all but attacked its prey.
Boat Scale Shark

 

Premodifiers are found before a verb and change the emphasis of the verb. Premodifiers would include such words as very, quite, rather.

The following table gives examples of emphasizers in italics.

 

Examples of premodifiers
The fireworks very much excited the Independence Day crowd. The wheel moved rather quickly. The old car handled quite well.
Fireworks Wheels Old car

 

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