What are Intensifiers & Mitigators? English Grammar Lesson

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Which of the underlined words are intensifiers or mitigators :

My first trip by an airplane was quite exciting.


Cinema tickets are a bit more expensive on weekends.


The print of the dress was really disgusting.


She lives a bit away from my house.


A : Are you hungry?

B :Hungry? I’m absolutely starving!


He was totally right and raised valid issues in the argument.


A : So, did you enjoy the movie?

B : No, I thought it was totally awful.


A:How was your exam?

B: Not good. It was absolutely difficult.


They played the game quite well.


My brother has become a fairly big business man.


It is a super cold day. inst it?


It was after midnight and the children were rather tired.


A : Are you hungry?

B :Hungry? I’m absolutely starving!


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What are Intensifiers?

The word that emphasizes another word or phrase is an Intensifier. It also known as a booster. Intensifiers enhances and gives additional emotional context to the word it modifies

We use words like veryreally and extremely to make adjectives stronger:

  • It’s a very interesting game
  • she did remarkably well in her tests.
  • Everyone was extremely excited

Other commonly used intensifiers are:

  • Amazingly
  • Incredibly
  • Exceptionally
  • Completely

What are Mitigators?

Mitigators are the opposite of intensifiers. When we want to make an adjective less strong we use these words:

For Example  : fairly – rather – quite

  • By the end of the day we were rather tired.
  • The film wasn’t great but it was quite exciting.
  • We had a pretty good time at the party.


Mitigators can also be used  with comparative adjectives:

We use the following words and phrases as mitigators:

  • a bit
  • just a bit 
  • a little 
  • a little bit 
  • just a little bit
  • rather – slightly

She’s a bit younger than I am.
This one is rather bigger.

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