60-second English lesson: Intensifiers
Published on February 12, 2019 / Updated on January 10, 2024
Do you want to intensify your speech? Well, Zach is back with another 60 second lesson on this very subject! Get your notepads ready, this shouldn’t be too hard.
An intensifier is used to emphasise words and phrases in a sentence.
If we want to add emphasis to an adjective in a sentence and make the adjective stronger, an intensifier can help us out.
Let’s start with the intensifier too.
Too can be used to emphasise that there is a lot of something. It is usually used in a negative context.
It’s too cold today!
The flights are too expensive, I can’t afford that.
We can also use the intensifier too many to modify countable nouns.
I ate too many cookies today.
In a similar way, too much can be used to modify uncountable nouns and verbs.
I’ve got too much work to do.
How about extremely? This intensifier can make adjectives stronger.
The children were extremely excited.
This sounds more intense than very excited or really excited.
The same goes for this sentence:
The film was extremely emotional.
This gives a deeper impression than saying the film was very emotional or really emotional.
Try some of these intensifiers out for yourself and see how strong you can make those adjectives!
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