Definition• An adverb is a word thatmodifies a verb, an adjective, oranother adverb
Adverbs answer thefollowing questions:Where? How often? or how long?When? To What extent?How? or how much?
ExamplesExamples1. The sprinter ran swiftly. [Theadverb swiftly modifies the verb ranand tells how.]2. I read the funny pages early onSunday morning. [The adverb earlymodifies the adjective small andtells to what extent.]
Examples3. Jolene was comforting a very small child.[The adverb very modifies the adjectivesmall and tells to what extent.]4. The fire blazed too wildly for anyone toenter. [The adverb too modifies the adverbwildly and tells to what extent. The adverbwildly modifies the verb modifies the verbblazed and tells how.]
Examples5. Dad will sometimes quote from ArchbishopDesmond Tutu’s speech. [The adverbsometimes modifies the verb will quoteand tells how often.]6. Put the apples there, and we will eat themlater. [The adverb there modifies the verbput and tells where. The adverb latermodifies the verb will eat and tells when.]
Words Often Used asAdverbs
Where?• Away• Here• Inside• There• Up
When?• Later• Now• Soon• Then• Tomorrow
How?• Clearly• Easily• Quietly• Slowly
How often? or how long?• Always• Usually• Continuously• Never• Forever• Briefly
To what extent? or Howmuch?• Almost• So• Too• More• Least• Extremely• Quite• Very• Not
Take NoteTake NoteThe word not is nearly alwaysused as an adverb modifying averb. When not is part of acontraction, as in hadn’t, aren’t,and didn’t, the –n’t is still anadverb and is not part of theverb.