※ Intensifying Some adverbs help intensify what you're saying. e.g.) His behavior at the meeting was quite inappropriate. It's totally unacceptable to criticize your superiors. Your criticism of him was overly direct. ※ Softening Some adverbs, on the other hand, help soften what you're saying. e.g.) This is a rather quiet office. Try to keep the noise down. Hugging is fairly uncommon in this cul..