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Lesson Twenty-four

Intensifiers

Some adverbs are used with adjectives and other adverbs. Examples in this lesson are called "intensifiers." Intensifiers provide greater depth of meaning for the words they describe.

 

Some common intensifiers are somewhat, surely, highly, certainly, very, really, extremely, quite, such, extraordinarily, and tremendously. There are others, but these are a good start if you are new to using them.

 

 

This is an extremely unusual bike.

The word "extremely" is an intensifier for the adjective "unusual."

 

conference bike

I highly recommend the bakery we used for Heidi's birthday cake. They did a great job.

chocolate

That's quite an unusual color for a house.

Click here for a video that explains how to use "quite."

house

We surely got a lot of snow last night.

or....

We sure got a lot of snow last night.

(A lot of people in the U.S. use "sure" instead of "surely.")

snow

 

Setting a mousetrap with cheese is an extraordinarily good way to catch a mouse.

 

mousetrap

Ted's girlfriend, Linda, certainly is beautiful.

This YouTube video explains the differences between the words "certain" and "certainly."

girl

 

In each of the examples above, the intensifier can be taken out of the sentence without changing the meaning very much:

Ted's girlfriend, Linda, is beautiful.

 

These video provide examples of

some common intensifiers:

 

Next: Lesson Twenty-five

the future perfect tense

 

 

 

 

 

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