Definition An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb
Adverbs answer the following questions: How? Where? When? To What extent?
Examples 1.The sprinter ran swiftly. [The adverb swiftly modifies the verb ran and tells how.] 2.I read the funny pages early on Sunday morning. [The adverb early modifies the verb read and tells when.]
Examples 5. Dad will sometimes quote from famous poets. [The adverb sometimes modifies the verb will quote and tells when.] 6. Put the apples there, and we will eat them later. [The adverb there modifies the verb put and tells where. The adverb later modifies the verb will eat and tells when.]
Examples 3. Jolene was comforting a very small child. [The adverb very modifies the adjective small and tells to what extent.] 4. The fire blazed too wildly for anyone to enter. [The adverb too modifies the adverb wildly and tells to what extent. The adverb wildly modifies the verb modifies the verb blazed and tells how.]
To what extent? Almost So Too More Least Extremely Quite Very Not
Take Note The word not is nearly always used as an adverb modifying a verb. When not is part of a contraction, as in hadn’t, aren’t, and didn’t, the –n’t is still an adverb and is not part of the verb.