An adverb is a word used to modify (describe) a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
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Sometimes an adverb modifies a verb. Adverbs modify verbs by answering one of these questions:
Where? When? How? How much?
Stand here. (Verb – stand, Adverb – here)
I moved forward. (Verb – moved, Adverb – forward)
I will eat later. (Verb – eat, Adverb – later)
Did you go immediately? (Verb – go, Adverb – immediately)
I quickly moved. (Verb – moved, Adverb – quickly)
Did it move slowly? (Verb – move, Adverb – slowly)
I barely slept. (Verb – slept, Adverb – barely)
Did you go far? (Verb – go, Adverb – far)
Sometimes an adverb modifies an adjective.
She is an exceptionally good student. (exceptionally is the adverb that modifies the adjective good, which modifies the noun student.)
The house was strangely quiet. (strangely is the adverb that modifies the adjective quiet, which modifies the noun house.)
The following table gives some examples of adverbs that frequently modify adjectives.
Sometimes an adverb modifies another adverb.
She is almost always busy. (almost is the adverb that modifies the adverb always which modifies the verb busy)
They saw it rather recently. (rather is the adverb that modifies the adverb recently which modifies the verb saw)
We can use a conjunctive adverb to join two independent clauses together. Some of the most common conjunctive adverbs are:
The following table gives some examples of conjunctive adverbs.
Each clause linked by a conjunctive adverb remains independent and can stand alone. If the clauses are to be placed in a single sentence they must be separated by a semicolon.
She went to the store; however, she did not buy anything. (however is the conjunctive adverb that joins the two independent clauses she went to the store and she did not buy anything)
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