Daily Grammar

Lesson 65

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 other adverbs and tell us how much. List all the adverbs and what they modify.

1. The carpenter worked somewhat cautiously.

The carpenter worked somewhat cautiously.
  - somewhat modifies cautiously
  - cautiously modifies worked

2. The project was moving rather slowly.

The project was moving rather slowly.
  - rather modifies slowly
  - slowly modifies was moving

3. The amusement ride was much too fast for me to try.

The amusement ride was much too fast for me to try.
  - much modifies too
  - too modifies fast

4. The program lasted much too long for Paul.

The program lasted much too long for Paul.
  - much modifies too
  - too modifies long

5. Halloween was too far away for little Jim.

Halloween was too far away for little Jim.
  - too modifies far
  - far modifies away
  - away modifies was

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