Premodifiers Used with Degrees of Adjectives
Observe carefully the underlined words in the following sentences:
Premodifiers are words that modify the meaning of an adverb.
- We were a lot more careful this time.
- We like his work so much better.
- You'll get your watch back all the faster.
The same means can be used to downplay the degree:
- The weather this week has been somewhat better.
- He approaches his schoolwork a little less industriously than his brother does.
- He arrived a whole lot sooner than we expected.
- That's a heck of a lot better.
- She is wearing her very finest outfit for the interview.
- They're doing the very best they can.
- Of all the wines produced in Connecticut, I like this one the most.
- The quicker you finish this project, the better.
- Of the two brothers, he is by far the faster.