adverbs to modify/qualify verbs.

Hi, which of the verbs in the following sentences does the adverbs modify/qualify?:

  1. Eventually a rope was dropped down to me and I gradually hoisted myself up to the top.
  2. As quickly as the rain had started equally as speedily it stopped.
  3. I always use to pack the night before one of this tries and invariably/rarely slept in anticipation…
  4. I never have to find an excuse to go the…

Please help me identify the verbs which the adverbs modify/qualify.


Eben Son.

I highlighted the adverbs for you, I think is is pretty easy to figure out what each adverb is modifying


I found it hard to locate or tell which verb the adverb modify like the following archetype:
-Eventually a rope was dropped down to me…
Is the adverb Eventually modifies onlywas or only dropped. Or both? Which stand.[/b]

  1. This seems to me to be crying out for a comma:

“As quickly as the rain had started, equally as speedily it stopped.”

  1. Should be “I always used to”.

“one of this tries” is not right grammatically and does not make sense to me.

“invariably/rarely slept in anticipation” does not read correctly to me. It sounds as if the sleeping was done in anticipation, whereas presumably you mean that the anticipation prevented sleep.

In this sentence, “was dropped” is the verb - I don’t really think you can separate them.

Does adverbs modifies only verbs? And nothing else?

No, adverbs can also modify adjectives or other adverbs.

Okay I see.
Then this is my example of an adverb modifying an adjective:

  • He is unkindly kind.
    Can you give me examples of adverbs modifying another adverbs. And also examples of adverbs modifying adjectives.
    By the way check out this for me:
  • He an ever good man.
  • He loves eating chocolate.
  • He killed the man.

Which is modifying which? And which part of speech is modifying the other.


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Hello, Mr. Adu:

  1. And don’t forget: adverbs can also modify the whole sentence. Here are two examples from a grammar book:

a. Tragically, the rescue party arrived too late.
b. Honestly, nobody could have done any better.

  1. And here is my example:

Really, the adverb “really” is my favorite word!

Have a nice day!


I think some of your examples have some problems:

He is unkindly kind. - This does not really make sense - is he kind or not? Maybe “He is uncommonly kind.”

He an ever good man. - This should be “He is ever a good man.”

“He loves eating chocolate” - “Eating chocolate” is a gerund phrase acting as the object of “loves” - What does he love? Eating chocolate.

“He killed the man” - “The man” is the object of “killed”.

Thanks Mr. james I like your examples given.

Luschen, thanks.

  • He is unkindly kind. This look implicitly absurd. But it has a literary name called OXYMORON.
  • He is faultly faultless.
  • Thus idly busy rolls their world away.
    Theyre all OXYMORON.

Thanks for helping me.

Well, I think it is just confusing. Your second example would be better as “He is faultless to a fault.”

Thanks, Luschen.
But I ask you to give me some examples of adverbs modifying another adverbs. And adverbs modifying adjectives.

Thanks. Luschen.

He completed the exam exceedingly/surprisingly/astonishingly quickly.

The vividly colored kite brightened the sky.

Coming up with example sentences can be terribly difficult.