Intensifier – intensif


Let's Define It!

What's an *intensifier*?

An intensifier or (intensif in French) is a modifier whose sole purpose is to enhance the word it modifies.

On est vraiment confortable ici.

One of the most common intensifiers is très. 

A sentence with the intensifier très:

Elle est très belle. / She is very beautiful.

Many French adverbs in -ment such as vraiment or réellement can be used as emphasis/intensifiers, but some don't. An adverb like patiemment cannot be an intensifier.

Je suis vraiment désolé.  I am truly sorry.

In French, intensifiers can only modify adjectives and adverbs.


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Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Here, I'm providing a few examples of intensifiers.

  1. Vous êtes super cool - You're really cool.
  2. Cette histoire est incroyablement étrange. This story is incredibly strange.
  3. Elle est excessivement difficile comme amie. She is excessively difficult.
  4. Il est trop sérieux pour faire cela. He is too serious to do that.


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