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What is an intensifier?



An intensifier heightens or lowers the intensity of meaning of an item.

Examples (English)

In traditional English grammar, intensifiers are considered adverbs.


Here are some examples of intensifiers:

  • very good
  • hardly to the point

Crystal 1980 188

See also

What is an adverb? (Linguistics)

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