Intensifiers and Mitigators - English Grammar lesson
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What are Intensifiers?
The word that emphasizes another word or phrase is an Intensifier. It also known as a booster.
Intensifiers enhances and gives additional emotional context to the word it modifies
We use words like very, really and extremely to make adjectives stronger:
It’s a very interesting game
she did remarkably well in her tests.
Everyone was extremely excited
Other commonly used intensifiers are:
What are Mitigators?
Mitigators are the opposite of intensifiers. When we want to make an adjective less strong we use these words:
For Example : fairly - rather - quite
By the end of the day we were rather tired.
The film wasn’t great but it was quite exciting.
We had a pretty good time at the party.
Mitigators can also be used with comparative adjectives:
We use the following words and phrases as mitigators:
• a bit
• just a bit
• a little
• a little bit
• just a little bit
• rather - slightly
She’s a bit younger than I am.
This one is rather bigger.