Some adjectives (e.g. cold, small, tired) are gradable. This means we can modify them with normal modifiers (e.g. very, quite). For example, we can intensify an adjective:
Alternatively, we can weaken an adjective:
Some adjectives can not be intensified with standard intensifiers because they already represent an extreme. For example, disgusting or enormous. With these adjectives, it is more common to use strong modifiers such as absolutely or completely.
Note: it is unusual to use a strong modifier with a gradable adjective:
|An overview of extreme/strong adjectives and the adverbs we can use them with.||Espresso English|