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Emphasis Words

Emphasis words are used to emphasize an adjective or adverb. These words compare adjectives or adverbs without necessarily referring to comparison or the superlative degree. Often, people will confuse the adjective with the adverb use of some comparison words. The result is an improper use of grammar. Some of these emphasis words are (but are not limited to):

certainlyreally
extremelysomewhat
highlysuch
leastsure
muchtoo
quitetremendously
realvery

Real is an adjective; really is an adverb.

  • Correct: She is a real person.
  • Incorrect: She is a really person.
  • Correct: She is really nice.
  • Incorrect: She is real nice.

Good is an adjective; well is an adverb.

  • Correct: She did a good job.
  • Incorrect: She did a well job.
  • Correct: She did the job well.
  • Incorrect: She did the job good.

Sure is an adjective; surely is an adverb.

  • Correct: He is sure of himself.
  • Incorrect: He is surely of himself.
  • Correct: He is surely confident of his abilities.
  • Incorrect: He is sure confident of his abilities.

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