Adverbs: degree


Adverbs of degree or intensity include almost, barely, fairly, hardly, nearly, quite, very and really.


They can be used to intensify adjectives, other adverbs and verbs:

  • Adjectives - I am almost certain.
  • Other adverbs - He almost never speaks to me.
  • Verbs - He almost broke the window.


  • The adverb comes before the adjective and other adverb.
    • *They have almost finished.
  • When combined with verbs, the adverb position is either
    • between the subject and verb, e.g. He almost broke the window.
    • between the auxuliary verb and accompanying verb, e.g. I can barely hear the music.
Further learning
Description Author Language
Explanation of how to use 'enough', 'too' and 'very'. EF English