Since there has been some confusion about adverbs, I think we need a few more lessons about adverbs. We need to memorize what adverbs tell us and what they modify. We must always remember this basic information to handle them correctly.
Adverbs are words that modify (1) verbs, (2) adjectives, 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 muchmodify adjectives or other adverbs. These adverbs are also called qualifiersbecause 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: The following sentences have adverbs that tell us how, and they modify the verb. Find the adverbs in these sentences and tell what they modify.
1. Joe was frantically mumbling to the 911 operator.
2. The message was secretly hidden in the cushion.
3. The room was decorated beautifully for the wedding.
4. The spy readily accepted the new assignment.
5. He was carefully disguised but captured quickly by police.
–For answers scroll down.
1. frantically modifying the verb was mumbling
2. secretly modifying the verb was hidden
3. beautifully modifying the verb was decorated
4. readily modifying the verb accepted
5. carefully modifying the verb was disguised and quicklymodifying the verb was captured (was is a helping verb to both main verbs)
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