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Transcript of Adverbs
ending is also not a guarantee that a word is an adverb. The words
, for instance are adjectives.
Sometimes adverbs modify adjectives.
Adverbs may also modify other adverbs.
Adverbs modify verbs by describing how something is done.
They also modify adjectives and other adverbs. They have comparative and superlative forms to show the degree to which something is done. They perform a function distinct from that of adjectives.
Adverbs often function as intensifiers, adding a greater or lesser emphasis to a part of the sentence.
ran to the office.
believed he was at fault.
The adverbs in both these sentences,
, are acting as intensifiers.
Like adjectives, adverbs often have comparative and superlative forms to show the degree to which something is done. An adjective's superlative forms would look like this:
to show the degree of intensity of adverbs.
Those curtains are the
beautifully sewn I have ever seen.
confidently after being criticized.
Note that when these intensifiers are used something is being compared with something else, even if it is unstated. Be specific when writing these sentences: if you say the dancer is less confident are you saying she's less confident than other dancers? Or less confident than she was before?
Adverbs can modify adjectives, but an adjective cannot modify an adverb.
The woman had a really tall hat.
The woman had a real tall hat.
The adverb really modifies the adjective tall. It is an exceptionally tall hat.
In the incorrect sentence, the word real is an adjective that is incorrectly modifying the adjective tall.
down the aisle.
describes how she moved down the aisle.
She drove a
describes the degree of the car's showiness - it is
quickly to get her textbook.
in this sentence modifies the adverb
The one who runs
will get to the finish line first.
In this sentence the adverb
modifies the verb
cat came up to us looking for attention.
In this sentence the word
is an adjective modifying cat.