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
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.]
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.