Adverbs Of Degree and Adverb of places



Adverbs Of Degree:

An adverb of degree is a modifier (it modifies a sentence) by telling us what is the intensity of something in a sentence.

There are some exceptions to the rule of placing them but mostly they are placed before the adjective, adverb, or verb that they modify.

Here are a few examples of adverbs of degree “too”, “enough”, “very”, and “extremely”.

Adverbs of degree allow you to be highly detailed while writing. The adverbs of degree have been highlighted in the following examples to make them easier to understand.


Before the adjective:

The weather was extremely hot.

The lecture is quite boring.

Here hot and boring both are adjectives, extremely and quiet are the degree of adverbs which are explaining the intensity of the adjectives in both sentences.


Before the Verb:

She was just cooking.

He has almost started.

Here cooking and starting both are verbs, just and almost are which are explaining the intensity of the verbs in both sentences.


Before the adverb:

She is running very fast.

You are running fast enough.

You are walking too slowly.

Here very, too, and enough all are the degree of adverbs. In sentence number 3 “TOO” is explaining the intensity of the adverb of manner (slowly).

Adverb of Degree also known as Adverb of Comparison:

Adverb of Degree is also known as Adverb of Comparison because the subordinating conjunctions “than,” “as…as,” “so…as,” or “the…the” are frequently used in Adverb of Degree.

The degrees of comparison in grammar are related to adjectives and adverbs.

There is three degrees of expression for every adjective and adverb:

The Positive Degree

The Comparative Degree

The Superlative Degree


The Positive Degree: There is no comparison in the Positive Degree. It just tells us of the presence of quality. As an example,

  • adjectives: slow, angry, beautiful, calm, happy, wonderful
  • adverbs: slowly, angrily, beautifully, calmly, happily, wonderfully


The Comparative Degree: This compares two items to determine which has a lower or higher degree of quality. As an example,

  • adjectives: slower, angrier, more beautiful, calmer, happier, more wonderful
  • adverbs: more slowly, more angrily, more beautifully, more calmly, more happily, more wonderful


The Superlative Degree: It compares two or more objects to decide which has the lowest or best quality. As an example,

  • adjectives: slowest, angriest, most beautiful, calmest, happiest, most wonderful
  • adverbs: most slowly, almost angrily, most beautifully, most calmly, most happily, most wonderfully


Consider the following scenario for better understanding:

Here are the three degrees of comparison for the adjective “thirsty”:

  • I am thirsty. (positive degree)
  • I am thirstier than you. (comparative degree)
  • I am the thirstiest of all. (superlative degree)


Here are the three degrees of comparison for the adverb “dangerously”:

  • She played dangerously yesterday. (positive degree)
  • She played more dangerously than me. (comparative degree)
  • She played most dangerously. (superlative degree)


Adverb Of Place:

The location of the activity is indicated by an adverb of place.



Adverbs of place inform us where something happens. Adverbs of place are normally used after the primary verb or the clause that they modify. They do not alter or modify adjectives or other adverbs.

adverbs of place are also known as spatial adverbs, but regardless of their name, these adverbs always answer the same question: where?


Adverbs of Place List:

The list is created by thinking about how these words are telling us about the movement or location. Obviously, these are some examples of adverbs of place but you’re likely to come up with more extra words on your own.

Across, Abroad, Ahead, Backwards, Back, Beyond, Downwards, Down, Everywhere, Eastwards, Here, Indoors, In, Inside, Overseas, Outside, West, There


Rules of Adverbs of Place:

These simple principles always guide you correctly for using adverbs of place:

An adverb of place always refers to the location where the verb (action) is done. To understand it better, consider the following example.

She turned over and went back to school.


Adverbs of place are usually used after the primary verb or object of a sentence.

She would like to move somewhere warm place in the building.

She can walk backward.


Place adverbs can be directional. For instance: north, southeast, around, away, up, down, etc.

The small ball rolled around in my box.

He fell down in the room.

I looked around but couldn’t find him.


Distances can be referenced by an adverb of place. For example miles apart, far away, nearby

  • He started living nearby my house.

He took the opportunity far away.


An adverb of place can be used to describe the position of one thing in respect to another. Few examples are, “Below, between, above, behind, through, around, and so on”


She is getting behind.

The dog is hiding underneath the sofa.

Many adverbs of place finish in the letters “-ward or -wards,” indicating movement in a specific direction. Forward, backward, toward, westward, homeward, eastwards, and onwards are some examples.

The ship sailed eastwards.

He must keep walking homewards until he reached.

She walked towards me.


Sometimes adverbs of the place tell about both location and movement at the same time.

  • The student went indoors.
  • She studied and worked abroad.
  • He pushed us sideways.
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