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. These adverbs can shift location in the sentence without changing meaning or what they modify. Adverbs that tell us how much modify adjectives or other adverbs. Adverbs that tell how much will come just before the adjectives or adverbs that they modify. These adverbs are also called qualifiers because 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).
Not and its contraction n't are adverbs. They really modify the entire sentence, but we will have them modify the verb as it is the most important word in the sentence. This is a common practice in grammar books.
Instructions: Find the adverbs in the following sentences and tell what word they modify.
1. The student angrily left the room.
2. Carefully Barbara backed the car from the driveway.
3. That family works well together.
4. Slowly but boldly the soldiers approached the fortress.
5. The organization unanimously voted to assist in the effort.
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1. angrily modifies the verb left telling how
2. carefully modifies the verb backed telling how
3. well/together modify the verb works both telling how
4. slowly/boldly modify the verb approached telling how
5. unanimously modifies the verb voted telling how