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Classification of degree modifiers
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Adjectives can be modified by intensifiers, which indicate the degree, or extent, to which such adjectives apply, such as baievery and ergextremely, as in:

Example 1

Die komitee is baie bekommerd.
The committee is very concerned.

and

Example 2

in 'n erg vervalle toestand
in an extremely dilapidated condition

Intensifiers can also be adverbial degree words, such as betreklikrelatively and ontsaglikimmensely, as in:

Example 3

Suid-Afrika is nog betreklik jonk.
South Africa is still relatively young.

and:

Example 4

Hierdie toneel is vir ons ontsaglik waardevol.
this scene is for us immensely valuable
This scene is immensely valuable to us.
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While adjectives can be modified by intensifiers (baievery) and adverbial degree words (uitsonderlik exceptionally), such intensification can be classified in accordance with three progressive degrees of intensification, although the demarcation between them may be somewhat fuzzy.

Amplifying intensifiers, or amplifiers, cause a high degree interpretation of the adjective:

Example 5

Verbruikers moet baie versigtig wees.
consumers must very careful be
Consumers must be very careful.

Downtoning intensifiers, or downtoners, such as nouliks barely, cause a low degree interpretation of the adjective:

Example 6

Sy is nouliks bewus daarvan.
she is barely conscious thereof
She is barely aware of it.

Neutralising intensifiers or neutralisers, such as taamlikfairly, cause a medium degree interpretation of the adjective:

Example 7

'n taamlik deftige restaurant
a fairly stylish restaurant

Adverbial degree words can be questioned, e.g. by means of hoehow,as shown in the example below:

Example 8

al was hy ook hoe versigtig
even was he also how careful
however careful he was

The adverbial degree can be universally quantified if the meaning of the adjective allows it, e.g. by means of heeltemalcompletely,as in the example below:

Example 9

Die taxi's is heeltemal verwoes.
The taxis are completely wrecked.

An approximate degree can be expressed, e.g. by means of amperalmost,as shown in the example below:

Example 10

Dit is amper onmoontlik.
It is almost impossible

A small group of adjectives allows a more exact type of intensification in the form of a measure phrase, yielding an exact degree, or an unspecified measure of intensification.

Adjectives can be negated, as shown below:

Example 11

My hare is nie rooi nie.
my hair is not red PTCL.NEG
My hair is not red.

A high degree can be evoked by means of the adverb soso:

Example 12

Die patats lyk so lekker!
The sweet.potatoes look so tasty!

More often, though, soas is used as degree word in conjunction with soos as to express comparison:

Example 13

Hy is nie so intelligent soos jy nie.
he is not as intelligent as you PTCL.NEG
He is not as intelligent as you.

In addition to soas, as illustrated above, comparison can be expressed by means of eweequally, as in:

Example 14

Julle is ewe oud.
You are equally clever.
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