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Adverbs are an important part of speech. They usually answer questions such as how?, where?, when?, how often? and how much?

 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?)

An adjective can be modified by an adverb, which precedes the adjective.
For example:-
That's really nice.

Some adverbs can modify others. As with adjectives, the adverb precedes the one it is modifying.

For example:-
She did it really well.

Adverbs can modify nouns to indicate time or place.

For example:-
The concert tomorrow.
The room upstairs.

Some adverbs of degree such as quite, rather, so, such ... can modify noun phrases.
For example:-

We had quite a good time.
They're such good friends.

Adverbs such as almost, nearly, hardly, about, etc., can be used:
For example:-

Nearly everyone, who was invited, came to the party.

Some adverbs modify a whole sentence, not just a part of one.
For example:-

Luckily the car stopped in time. In this sentence luckily modifies the whole sentence, it shows that it was good luck that the car stopped in time. 


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