Words like "totally", "completely", "all", "entirely, "no" etc. These group of words point to the extremes. Do we have a term for these group of words?
The term for these words is "absolute adverbs". This page from education.com contains the following explanation:
Absolute adverbs—words like all, every, completely, and entirely—already refer to everything possible, and therefore cannot be intensified any further.
su·per·la·tive (s-pûrl-tv) adj.
- Of the highest order, quality, or degree; surpassing or superior to all others.
- Excessive or exaggerated.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or being the extreme degree of comparison of an adjective or adverb, as in best or brightest. n.
- Something of the highest possible excellence.
- The highest degree; the acme.
- a. The superlative degree.
- b. An adjective or adverb expressing the superlative degree, as in brightest, the -superlative of the adjective bright, or most brightly, the superlative of the adverb brightly.
Does the word intensifiers aptly describe these words? That's my answer by the way
The words are signal words for the signpost, Extreme Language or Absolute Language.
protected by MetaEd Aug 17 '18 at 18:34
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