Adverbs of degree tell how much or the degree of something. How hard is your homework? It’s not so hard. It’s fairly hard. It’s very hard. It’s extremely hard. It’s completely terrifying!
Grammar Toolkit Choose an adverb of degree to complete each sentence. Which word is the adverb modifying? I’m so tired that I can keep my eyes open. I believe you will make the team. Be careful! You fell from that tall tree. Can I _____ come to the game? also much hardly greatly very rather so firmly almost nearly hardly firmly nearlyvery also
Grammar Toolkit Adverbs of degree should go before the word you want to modify. How does the meaning of the sentences change as the adverbs move? Hannah nearly won all the races. Hannah won nearly all the races. Tom only asked Mahmoud for help. Tom asked Mahmoud only for help. Hannah didn’t win any races. Hannah won most of the races. Tom asked one person. Tom asked for one thing.
Grammar Toolkit Like adjectives, adverbs have three degrees of comparison. Positive degreeComparative degreeSuperlative degree near soon early loudly often For adverbs of one syllable, add er to make the comparative degree and est to make the superlative degree. nearer sooner nearest soonest earlierearliest more loudly more often most loudly most often For some adverbs of two syllables, also add er and est. For most adverbs of two syllables, add more to make the comparative degree and most to make the superlative degree.
Grammar Toolkit A few adverbs are irregular — they don’t follow a pattern. Positive degreeComparative degreeSuperlative degree well much badly little better more best most worseworst lessleast
Grammar Toolkit An adverb adds meaning to a verb, adjective or another adverb. Adverbs of degree tell how much or the degree of something. Place the adverb of degree before the word you want to modify. Like adjectives, adverbs have three degrees of comparison: positive (one thing), comparative (to compare two things) and superlative (to compare three or more things). There are rules for forming adverbs of degree (e.g. soon, sooner, soonest), but irregular adverbs don’t follow the rules (e.g. badly, worse, worst).