Difference between adverb of degree and manner

Adverb of degree describes the intensity, or degree of action performed; whereas, the adverb of manner is used to describe the way or how something is happened. Nevertheless, both are essential to construct the appropriate meaning of the sentence. Let’s see the basic difference between adverb of degree and manner with examples.

Adverb of degree

Adverbs of degree answer the question–

“How far ?” or How much ?”

These adverbs express or indicate the degree, intensity, quantity or extent of action verb. Like other adverbs,  these adverbs are also used to modify verbs, adverbs, and adjectives as well.

•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.

For more specific understanding, adverb of degree is further classified as grading and non-grading adverbs.

Nature of degree

There are two types of adverbs of degree–

•Grading adverbs

•Non-grading adverbs.

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.

Adverb of manner

Like other adverbs, These modify the adjectives, adverbs, and verbs in the sentence.

Examples:- play brilliantly, walk slowly, wonderfully, beautifully, bravely, secretly, clearly,  technically sound etc.

•He is technically sound player. In this example, technically adverb is modifying the sound adjective–sound.

•She walks regularly in the morning. Here, regularly adverb is modifying the verb–verb–walks.

•They are walking so slowly and definitely, they would be late. In this example, “slowly” adverb is modifying the another adverb–so.

All the three examples show how the adverbs of manner modify the adjectives, verbs, and adverbs in the sentence.

Position in the sentence

In terms of position in the sentence, these are placed or follow immediately after the main verbs.

But, whenever the adverbs of manner is used along the other adverbs, then, in such sentences, adverbs of manner is placed earlier than the adverbs of place and time.

•He drives the ball strongly. Here, “strongly” is placed immediately after the direct object as it is transitive sentence.

But, in case of intransitive sentence, such adverbs are generally placed immediately after the main verbs.

•She writes quickly on the white board. In this example, adverb “quickly” is placed immediately after the main verbs as it is intransitive sentences. Besides, this adverb is also used before the adverbs of place.

•They carelessly in the first hour. This sentence shows that such adverb is always placed before the adverb of time.

Single-word, adverbial phrase, and adverbial clauses are used as the adverbs of manner to modify respective words.

Position in transitive and intransitive sentences

In the transitive sentences, adverbs of manner is placed immediately after the direct object, however, in case of intransitive sentences, these adverbs are placed or follow the main verbs.

•You are progressing steadily. Follows the main verb.

•He is writing his paper hurriedly. Follows  the direct object .

•She has taken that decision hastily. Follows the direct object.

These are some useful examples showing the position of adverbs in the transitive and intransitive sentences.

Hope, now, your mind is more clear about the use of adverb of degree and manner.

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