Daily Grammar

Lesson 64

Parts of Speech - Adverbs

Adverbs are words that modify (1) verbsVerbs show action or state of being. Most verbs are action words, but a few verbs indicate state of being or existence.
Source: Lesson 1
, (2) adjectivesAdjectives modify or affect the meaning of nouns and pronouns and tell us which, whose, what kind, and how many about the nouns or pronouns they modify.
Source: Lesson 31
, 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. Adverbs that tell us how much modify adjectives or other adverbs. 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)

 
 
 

Instructions: These sentences have adverbs that modify adjectives and tell us how much. List the adverbs and what they modify.

1. Ila is an unusually good cook.

Ila is an unusually good cook.
  - unusually modifies good

2. Jeff is very hungry.

Jeff is very hungry.
  - very modifies hungry

3. We all want a perfectly just government.

We all want a perfectly just government.
  - perfectly modifies just

4. The Internet is an entirely modern concept.

The Internet is an entirely modern concept.
  - entirely modifies modern

5. These sentences are extremely brief ones.

These sentences are extremely brief ones.
  - extremely modifies brief

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