Adverbs. This part of speech can be any of the following:
Three functions - This part of speech has several functions: It can modify three different parts of speech.
It can be
(The two words "modifies" and "describes" are used here to mean the same thing.)
A modifier can be a single word or it can be a phrase.
A phrase begins with a preposition and ends with a noun.
You need to know what a verb is first. A verb is the name of an action – run, jump, sing.
Generally, you can find this verb modifier by asking these questions after the verb.
This verb modifier describes the verb:
This verb modifier can be a single word or a group of words. The group of words is generally called a phrase.
Definition - A phrase is a group of words that begins with a preposition and ends with a noun or pronoun. Some examples are: into the house, above the garage, behind the shed
The verb modifiers above are all in italics.
The verb modifiers above are all phrases as well. They begin with a preposition and end with a noun.
Note that they all answer a
question after the verb.
Quick review of adjectives
If you remember from the discussion of adjectives, phrases can also be adjectives:
The girl with the long ponytail is in my class.
In the sentence above, the phrase “with the long ponytail” modifies or describes the noun “girl” and is, therefore, an adjective phrase.
When a phrase modifies an noun, it is called an adjective phrase.
When a word or phrase modifies an adjective, it is an adverb.
Above, “slim” is an adjective modifying the noun “lady.”
Above, “very” modifies the adjective “slim.” So what part of speech is very?
Above, “enthusiastic” is an adjective that modifies the subject “Jennie.”
Above, “extremely” modifies the adjective “enthusiastic.” So what part of speech is extremely?
When a word or phrase modifies an adverb, it is also an adverb.
Above, “quickly” modifies “runs.” What part of speech is "quickly"?
Above, “very” modifies “quickly.” So what part of speech is "very"?
Find the adverbs below - yes or no?
Test yourself. Can you find this part of speech below?
(2) “immensely” – modifies the verb “enjoyed” – enjoyed how?
(3) “yesterday” – modifies the verb “joined” – joined when?
(4) “with ease” – modifies the verb “opened” – opened how?
(5) “quietly” – modifies the verb “sits” – sits how?
(5) “in the back seat” – modifies the verb “sits” – sits where?
If you want a list of modifiers that would be effective in a business situation, you might use:
Any modifiers of this type would be very useful in a business situation.