What is an adverb?


An adverb is a word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb, expressing a relation of place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree, and more.

Adverbs are not to be confused with adjectives, which describe or modify nouns. Adverbs modify adjectives, verbs, and other adverbs.

Example: He quickly threw the ball.

Example: She is an incredibly kind person.

Example: I very suddenly left the room.

In each of the above examples, the adverbs are highlighted are green. In the first example, "quickly" modifies the verb "threw" (How was the ball thrown?). In the second example, "incredibly" modifies the adjective "kind" (To what extent is she kind?).

In the third example, things get a bit more complex since there is an adverb modifying another adverb. The adverb "suddenly" modifies the verb "left," and at the same time, the adverb "very" modifies "suddenly." The adverb "very" is highlighted in blue since it is an adverb modifying another adverb.

If you need further help with understanding adverbs, watch the attached video on what adverbs are.

  • Last Updated Jun 01, 2023
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