Grammar Rules

Adverb of Degree

What is an adverb of degree?

An adverb of degree is used to discuss the degree or intensity of an adjective, an action, or another adverb. There are so many adverbs of degree that it’s impossible to list them all in one short guide. Some common examples of adverbs of degree follow.
  • Almost
  • Absolutely
  • Barely
  • Completely
  • Deeply
  • Enough
  • Enormously
  • Extremely
  • Fairly
  • Fully
  • Greatly
  • Hardly
  • Incredibly
  • Practically
  • Quite
  • Scarcely
  • Somewhat
  • Terribly
  • Virtually

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Adverbs of degree are important modifiers. As you will soon see, they are usually placed before the word they are modifying.

Examples of Adverbs of Degree

Adverbs of degree allow you to be very specific when writing, no matter what the purpose. In the following examples, the adverbs of degree have been italicized for ease of identification. They were almost finished. This cake is absolutely wonderful. The temperature was barely above freezing. Our driveway is completely frozen. We felt incredibly lucky after winning tickets to the World Series. My teacher is terribly grumpy today.