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Video:Quick Tip: What is an Adverb?

with Heather Kamins

An adverb allows you to modify, and thus more deeply express, other parts of speech and is very useful in writing. Learn about adverbs and how the work in this ESL video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tip: What is an Adverb?

Hi, I'm Heather Kamins for About.com, and I'm here to explain what an adverb is.

What is an Adverb?

An adverb is a part of speech that acts as a modifier. It often modifies a verb. For example: The girl ran quickly. The adverb quickly describes how the girl ran. An adverb can also modify an adjective. So for example: The ship was truly grand. The adverb truly modifies the adjective grand, which modifies the noun, ship.

An adverb can even modify another adverb. So for example: His friends were very deeply grateful. The adverb very modifies the adverb deeply, which modifies the adjective grateful, which modifies the noun friends. They can even modify certain clauses, phrases - even complete sentences.

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