Adverb Notes Definition An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb Adverbs answer the following questions: Where? How often? or how long? When? To What extent? How? or how much? Examples
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Where? How often? or how long?
When? To What extent?
How? or how much?
3. Jolene was comforting a very small child. [The adverb very modifies the adjective small and tells to what extent.]
4. The fire blazed too wildly for anyone to enter. [The adverb too modifies the adverb wildly and tells to what extent. The adverb wildly modifies the verb modifies the verb blazed and tells how.]
5. Dad will sometimes quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s speech. [The adverb sometimes modifies the verb will quote and tells how often.]
6. Put the apples there, and we will eat them later. [The adverb there modifies the verb put and tells where. The adverb later modifies the verb will eat and tells when.]
Words Often Used as Adverbs
The word not is nearly always used as an adverb modifying a verb. When not is part of a contraction, as in hadn’t, aren’t, and didn’t, the –n’t is still an adverb and is not part of the verb.