Know about Intensifier: Rather

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Your eyes are rather bewitching

Before we begin, I’d like to say something about today’s word. Today’s word is “bewitching”. It’s a fun word. It means so beautiful that you cannot think about anything else. And, we have placed this word in a sentence with the Intensifier “rather.” Let’s have a look. 

The Intensifier “rather,” as the name says, strengthens a sentence’s Noun. And so, “rather” is placed in the sentence’s Object (in regards to SVO) before the ending Adjective. For example, you may encounter a native English Speaker saying:

“Your eyes are rather bewitching.” 

By saying this, the speaker is telling the listener that their eyes are so beautiful the speaker cannot think about anything else. 

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A little bit of  Grammar

Where exactly do I place “rather” in a full sentence?

In our sentence:

“Your eyes are rather bewitching,”

The Intensifier “rather” is placed before an adjective, a word that describes a Noun. Both the Intensifier “rather” and the Adjective “bewitching” describe the Noun “eyes.”

However, we could place the Intensifier “rather” in a simplified sentence to explain its relation between the Adjective and Noun. 

“You have rather bewitching eyes.” 

In the simplified sentence, the Adjective falls directly before the Noun. And, the Verb is “have.” Both sentences mean the same thing. Here’s another example: 

“The tree is rather old.” 

Again, the Noun is the last word of the sentence. However, we could write it as:

“That’s a rather old tree.” 

We are simply changing the placement of the Adjective and Noun. 

Examples of the Intensifier Rather

– Your dress is rather nice

– That document is rather old.

– The news was rather bad. 

Let’s practice 

Q1: Try making your own sentence. 

Q2: Using the word “rather”, try saying something about English lessons.  

Q3: When was the last time you watched a movie that was rather good? What was the movie about? 

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