An adverb is a word that tells us more about a verb. It “qualifies” or “modifies” averb (The man ran quickly). In the following examples, the adverb is in bold and the verb that it modifies is in italics.
- John speaks loudly. (How does John speak?)
- Afterwards she smoked a cigarette. (When did she smoke?)
- Mary lives locally. (Where does Mary live?)
But adverbs can also modify adjectives (Tara is really beautiful), or even otheradverbs (It works very well). Look at these examples:
- Modify an adjective:
– He is really handsome. (How handsome is he?)
– That was extremely kind of you.
- Modify another adverb:
– She drives incredibly slowly. (How slowly does she drive?)
– He drives extremely fast.