One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An adverb used in front of an adjective or another adverb to modify its meaning, for example very in very cold or unusually in an unusually large house.
- ‘Yet all Group I adjectives can be used with a submodifier or adverb, such as ‘very’ or ‘really’ and they can also have comparative and superlative forms.’
- ‘The usual way to indicate the amount of a quality in Latin is by adding specific suffixes to the word's stem or, sometimes, by external submodifiers.’
- ‘Some phrases, called submodifiers, can be used to exaggerate or minimise the difference between things.’
- ‘You'll learn more that way than if I try to prattle on about submodifiers in combination, intensifiers and the like.’
- ‘In the case of ‘truly human ’, if ‘truly’ is the submodifier of an adjective, then ‘truly’ is the submodifier and ‘human’ is the adjective.’
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