Adverbs of Degree

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Grammar Rules

Adverbs of degree answer the question how much? or to what extent? They increase or reduce the force of the word they describe.

They are usually used with adjectives and are placed before the adjective that they describe.


• The students put up a totally entertaining performance.

They are used with other adverbs and are placed before the adverb they describe.


• The young man walked incredibly slowly.

When used with verbs, they come before the verb.


• The audience absolutely hated the show

Adverbs are used to indicate comparison in the same way as adjectives.

They generally form the comparative or superlative by adding more and most to the positive adverb.

Positive Comparative Superlative
early earlier earliest
long longer longest
bravely more bravely most bravely
carefully more carefully most carefully
greedily more greedily most greedily


Positive Comparative Superlative
badly worse worst
well better best