I tend to think of qualifiers as persuaders or a way to hedge around what might actually be possible.
In more proper grammar terms, the qualifier modifies the adverb or adjective it precedes.
Grammar Explanations is…
…an evolving list of the structural rules and principles that determines where words are placed in phrases or sentences as well as how the language is spoken. Sometimes I run across an example that helps explain better or another “also known as”. Heck, there’s always a better way to explain it, so if it makes quicker and/or better sense, I would appreciate suggestions and comments from anyone on an area of grammar with which you struggle or on which you can contribute more understanding.
|Definition: A word or phrase that precedes an adjective or adverb and changing the impression of the word it modifies (Richard Nordquist); Kathryn Elizabeth Etier.
A word or phrase, especially an adjective, used to attribute a quality to another word, especially a noun. (In systemic grammar) a word or phrase added after a noun to qualify its meaning.
Etier has a useful post on how qualifiers can make or break you as an expert. And suggests limiting them to the dialog in fiction.
|List of Some Qualifiers|
a good deal
a great deal
a whole lot
a small number
for a long time
may have been
might have been
She wanted that much money?
It was fairly new.
Did you really say that?
It’s quite unlikely that he’ll call.
Hey, dude, this is a great deal.
There’s hardly any leakage at all.
Maybe we can sneak out later.
There aren’t many of this type left.