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In English we use adverbs to modify adjectives, verbs, and other adverbs. The common types are adverbs of degree, frequency, place, time, and manner. Adverbs are most commonly made by adding –ly to the end of an adjective, though there are plenty of exceptions.

Adverbs of degree are used to describe the “degree” of a verb or adjective, and clarify the intensity by emphasizing it (increasing degree) or understating it (reducing degree).

  • The man is very fast.
  • Charles is extremely skinny.
  • My old clothes barely fit me anymore.
  • The car is nearly ruined!

Common adverbs of degree include:

Almost, very, nearly, quite, just, too, enough, hardly, barely, completely, extremely

They are placed before the adverb or adjective they are modifying, or before the main verb.

  • After he left the office, Jerry was extremely unsure of his decision to quit his job.
  • My legs were completely covered in mosquito bites.

How to use the right adverb of degree:

”DegreeSynonymsExample”
”Excessively;

Exceptions:

Enough is an exception. It means, “to the necessary degree.” It is placed after the adjectives and adverbs. (It can also be used as a determiner when placed before nouns: We have enough milk.)

  • It is hot enough in this room, please don’t turn on the heater.
  • My nanny is old enough to be my grandmother!

Too is also an exception. It means, “beyond the necessary degree,” and is used before adverbs or adjectives.

  • We’re eating too much chocolate in this house.

She’s not only and accomplished dancer; she’s a doctor too.

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Japanese High-Tech Indoor Vegetable Factory

We all know that plants require sunlight to grow, but maybe not for much longer.

Topics:  International  Our Future  Skill Point: Adverbs of Degree

The Japanese have a bit of an obsession with perfect fruit. You might have seen the headlines in May when Dole Japan announced it would sell their fancy bananas for $6 each. Dole developed these “perfect” bananas by selecting the best qualities from over 100 bananas and growing them 500 meters above sea level. Another Japanese fruit company, Toyoka Chuo Seika ripens bananas to the sound of Mozart, which apparently results in a sweeter final fruit. Tokyo has a luxury fruit boutique that sells strawberries for $3 a piece, and square watermelons for $212.

The most recent news in Japanese agriculture has branched out a bit from expensive luxury fruits to sustainable indoor vegetable factories. No, this isn’t a greenhouse; this is an indoor facility that grows vegetables without any sunlight.

Instead of harvesting the natural energy of the sun, Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura teamed up with GE to create an indoor plant-growing facility that uses specialized LED lights that emit wavelengths optimal for plant growth. The LED lights are probably the most important part of the farm’s magic. Shimamura controls the night-and-day cycle, and says, “We want to achieve the best combination of photosynthesis during the day and breathing at night by controlling the lighting and the environment.”

The benefits of growing vegetables in an indoor facility are many. Their initial motivation was born out of a desire to do something about the food shortage in the Miyagi Prefecture following the earthquake and Tsunamis of 2011. Shimamura found an old Sony Corporation semiconductor facility and converted it to the indoor farm. It is about 25,000 square feet, or almost half the size of an American football field. This small farm is already producing 10,000 heads of lettuce a day, without any interruptions by pests, viruses, or pollen, or the use of pesticides.

While an indoor vegetable farm is definitely one way to avoid a freak summer storm or a really bad drought, Shimamura says the vegetables themselves are healthier. They’re packed with more vitamins and minerals because of their growth cycle, and without soil cultivation, the risk of contamination by E. coli and Salmonella is practically nonexistent. Additionally, since 90% of the plant is cultivated for consumption, the food waste is reduced significantly. With the complete control of temperature, humidity, and irrigation, the farm uses just one percent of the water used by field farms. Considering these benefits, Shimamura estimates the indoor facility is 100 times more productive than a standard outdoor farm.

With better irrigation, higher productivity, and protection from pests and the elements, indoor gardens, farms, and vegetable factories might be a future we can all expect in the next few years. Shimamura is prophetic with the name of his company, Mirai, which means “future” in Japanese. Is the “future” of agriculture realistic? Is it better? Only time will tell.

Reading Comprehension

Writing

INTERMEDIATE: In 200 words, mention each of the benefits of this indoor farm, according to the article, and give your opinion. Write whether it is good or bad for Japan, the world, or your country, and how it might help or hurt.

ADVANCED: Explain how you believe agriculture, international trade, or your home meals might change as a result of worldwide indoor vegetables farms.