An adverb is a word that tells us more about a verb. It “qualifies” or “modifies” a verb (The man ran quickly).
In the following examples, the adverb is in bold and the verb that it modifies is in italics.
- John speaks loudly. (How does John speak?)
- Afterwards she smoked a cigarette. (When did she smoke?)
- Mary lives locally. (Where does Mary live?)
- I was doing so well. (How were you doing?)
But adverbs can also modify adjectives (Tara is really beautiful), or even other adverbs (It works very well). Look at these examples:
- Modify an adjective:
– He is really handsome. (How handsome is he?)
– That was extremely kind of you.
- Modify another adverb:
– She drives incredibly slowly. (How slowly does she drive?)
– He drives extremely fast.
- Modify a whole sentence: Obviously, I can’t know everything.
- Modify a prepositional phrase: It’s immediately inside the door.
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Adapted from http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/adverb-what.htm