What is an Adverb?

An adverb is a word or set of words that modifies or describes verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.


  1. The bulb in the room has been glowing continuously.
  2. We ran fast to catch the bus.
  3. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
  4. Their work was almost complete.
  5. Your story is quite interesting.

In sentences 1 and 2, continuously and fast modify the sense of the verbs glowing and ran, respectively. In sentence 3, very modifies the sense of the adverb much, while in sentences 4 and 5, almost and quite add to the meanings of the adjectives complete and interesting, respectively.

Hence, continuously, fast, very, almost and quite are adverbs.

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