Modifiers with gradable adjectives

Gradable adjectives are those that can have different degrees of intensity such as angry, bad, beautiful, big, cold, crowded, good, hungry and small.


My dog is very small.           →                       The modifier changes the intensity of                                                                                          the adjective


My dog is quite small.         →                        very small is smaller than quite small


The modifiers we can use with gradable adjectives are:

extremely

very

really

rather*

quite

slightly

fairly

pretty

a bit


*We use rather with negative adjectives to mean bastante.


He was rather rude to me yesterday.


We use rather with positive adjectives to imply that it is surprisingly positive (sorprendentemente)


His performance was rather good.


You can review modifiers with gradable adjectives in C1.1 Unit 1