Daily Grammar

Lesson 170

Parts of the Sentence - Adverbs

Adverbs are words that modify (1) verbs, (2) adjectives, and (3) other adverbs. They tell how (manner), when (time), where (place), how much (degree), and why (cause).

Why is a common one-word adverb that tells why. Adverbs that tell us how, when, where, and why always modify the verb. These adverbs can shift location in the sentence without changing meaning or what they modify. Adverbs that tell us how much modify adjectives or other adverbs. Adverbs that tell how much will come just before the adjectives or adverbs that they modify. These adverbs are also called qualifiers because they strengthen or weaken the words they modify.

Examples:
He kicked the ball solidly. (how)
He kicked the ball immediately. (when)
He kicked the ball forward. (where)
He kicked the ball too hard. (how much)

Not and its contraction n't are adverbs. They really modify the entire sentence, but we will have them modify the verb as it is the most important word in the sentence. This is a common practice in grammar books.

Adverbial objectives or adverbial nouns are nouns used as adverbs. They usually tell amount, weight, time, distance, direction or value. They can have adjectives modifying them.

Example:
He waited two days.

Instructions: Find the adverbs in the following sentences and tell what word they modify.

1. The completely exhausted boater was quickly pulled aboard.

The completely exhausted boater was quickly pulled aboard.
  - completely (how much) modifies exhausted
  - quickly (how) modifies pulled
  - aboard (where) modifies pulled

2. The manager has called me once or twice about policy.

The manager has called me once or twice about policy.
  - once (when) and twice (when) modify has called

3. Usually these antibiotics work rather slowly.

Usually these antibiotics work rather slowly.
  - Usually (how) and slowly (how) modify work
  - rather (how much) modifies slowly

4. The Christmas decorations surely weren't very expensive.

The Christmas decorations surely weren't very expensive.
  - surely (how) and n't (how) modify were
  - very (how much) modifies expensive

5. Harry greedily had too much candy.

Harry greedily had too much candy.
  - greedily (how) modifies had
  - too (how much) modifies much

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