Adverbs of degree answer the question
“How far ?” or How much ?”
These adverbs express or indicate the degree, intensity, quantity or extent of action in the sentence. Like other adverbs, these adverbs are also used to modify verbs, adverbs, and adjectives.
•It is extremely difficult to live in the Antarctica region.
•Mont blanc pens are pretty expensive.
•I am very enthusiastic to visit national park.
•To control the ongoing loss of biodiversity is too difficult for the conserving agencies.
•You are completely free to take decision.
Here, extremely, pretty, very, too, and completely are used as the adverbs of degree.
Examples Of adverbs of degrees
•really •little •enough •much •too partly •so •utterly •fully •completely •slightly •extremely •absolutely, •unusually, etc.
Nature of degree
There are two types of adverbs of degree–
Grading adverbs are used to describe mild, medium, and strong degree.
Whereas, other non-grading adverbs are preferred for absolute degree.
•I’m really enjoying the game. In this example, adverb “really” is used for strong degree. Hence, we call it grading adverb.
•You are absolutely right. “Absolutely” adverb is used to describe the absolute degree. So, it is called the non-grading adverb.
•They are quite certain about positive result. It is used for strong degree and called grading adverb.
•He will undoubtedly win the match. It is non-grading adverb as it describes the absolute state.
•This summer is unusually hot compare to last. The recipe was very sweet. Both are grading adverb.
•Water in the pot is fully boiling. It is non-grading adverb.
•Though she is slightly nervous, she will definitely come. This is an example of both grading and non-grading adverbs. In the first subordinating clause, grading adverb is used, whereas, in the second main clause, non-grading adverb is used.
•The storm has completely destroyed the standing crops. This is an example of non-grading adverb.
•The attempts to control rising tempraure look utterly futile. It is non-grading adverb.
•Reducing weight within short period of time seems fairly difficult. It is both grading and non-grading adverb.
Position in the sentence
The adverbs of degree are always placed before the verbs, adverbs, and adjectives in the sentence.
Sometimes, these adverbs are placed at the beginning of the sentence with comma to qualify the sentence.
•Definitely, he will win this competition.
•Undoubtedly, one day we will be the victim of climate change.
In both examples, adverbs of degree are used to qualify the sentence. But, these adverbs are also called transition words.