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What is an intensifier?

 

Definition
 

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
Source
 

Crystal 1980 188

See also
 

What is an adverb? (Linguistics)


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