What is adverb?

  • (noun): A word that modifies something other than a noun.
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An adverb is a word that changes or qualifies the meaning of a verb, adjective, other adverb, clause, sentence or any other word or phrase, except that it does not include the adjectives and determiners that directly modify nouns. Adverbs are traditionally regarded as one of the parts of speech, although the wide variety of the functions performed by words classed as adverbs means that it is hard to treat them as a single uniform category.

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Adverbs in Specific Languages
... below are some of the principles for formation and use of adverbs in certain languages ... In English adverbs can be formed from most adjectives with the ending -ly, and there are also many independent adverbs ... For detailed information, see English grammar Adverbs ...
Conjunctive Adverb
... A conjunctive adverb is an adverb that connects two clauses ... Conjunctive adverbs show cause and effect, sequence, contrast, comparison, or other relationships ...
Archaic Dutch Declension - Adjectives - Degrees of Comparison
... The degrees of comparison are forms of an adjective or an adverb ... stellende trap (the positive) (groot (great)), the normal form of the adjective or adverb the vergrotende trap (the comparative) (groter (greater)) and the overtreffende trap (the superlative) (grootst (gr ... If the adjective's or adverb's root ends on an r the comparative will end on -der,e.g ...
Pronominal Adverb
... A pronominal adverb is a type of adverb occurring in a number of Germanic languages, formed in replacement of a preposition and a pronoun by turning the latter into a locative adverb and the former into a ...
German Adverbial Phrases - Adverbs Ending in -erweise
... Unlike English, the German language distinguishes adverbs which qualify verbs or adjectives from those which qualify whole sentences ... For the latter case, many German adjectives from a special adverb form ending in -erweise, e.g ... In the following two example sentences, the adverb lustig "funnily" qualifies the verb, while lustigerweise "funnily" qualifies the whole sentence Er hat lustig gesungen ...

More definitions of "adverb":

  • (noun): The word class that qualifies verbs or clauses.

Famous quotes containing the word adverb:

    You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination. Hold the philosophy, hold the adjectives, just give us a plain subject and verb and perhaps a wholesome, nonfattening adverb or two.
    Larry McMurtry (b. 1936)