Intensifiers and Mitigators

Intensifiers and Mitigators

What are Intensifiers?

Intensifiers are words, especially an adverb or adjective, that has little meaning itself but is used to add force to another adjective, verb, or adverb

Examples of Intensifiers in Sentences

VeryIt’s a very interesting story
ReallyIt is a really interesting film
RemarkablyThe students did remarkably well on the exam
ExtremelyEveryone was extremely excited
EnoughShe is old Enough
CompletelyHe  is completely fluent in English
TotallyShe is totally crazy
quiteThat show is quite disturbing
ExceptionallyHe was an exceptionally brilliant child.
UtterlyThat country is utterly devastated
SeriouslyThe car is seriously damaged
HighlyHe is a highly successful person

Intensifiers with Comparatives and Superlatives

We use these words and phrases as intensifiers with comparative adjectives

mucha great deal
fara good deal
a lota good bit
quite a lota fair bit


  1. Messi is  a far better player than Ronaldo.
  2. This car was by far the fastest car


Intensifiers - Infographic


Mitigators are the opposite of intensifiers  and they make an adjective less strong 

Examples of Mitigators

  1. Fairly: her hair is fairly short
  2. Fairly: The runner performed fairly well.
  3. Rather: By the end of the day we were rather tired.
  4. Quiet: The Food was quite bad
  5. Pretty: I can jump pretty high for my height
  6. A bit: He thought that the parade was just a bit too long

Mitigators with Comparatives and Superlatives

Mitigators that are used with comparatives and superlatives

a bitShe is a bit shorter than I am
SlightlyThis plan is slightly more expensive

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