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    much = intensifier

    Dear teachers,

    This morning I had a very quick look at a grammar book (Oxford or Longman, I don't remember) which said that much (in "much nicer"), a little (in "a little tired"? I can't remember the example exactly) and other expressions (I can't remember which) were adverbs of degree whether I thought they could only be adjectives, i.e., quantifiers. Could you tell me more about this, please? Other than the usual intensifiers I know (so, too, enough, fairly, rather, quite, such, very, really) which are the words/expressions that are considered as adverbs of degree ? I'm not talking about the usual adverbs such as completely, extremely, totally, etc., but are these called intensifiers too?

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    Re: much = intensifier

    Adverbs modify adjectives, so they would be adverbs in these examples.

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