Adverbs Modifying Other Adverbs

What is an Adverb Modifying Another Adverb?

An adverb is a part of speech that modifies a verb, an adjective, and another adverb. When an adverb modifies another adverb, an adverb can answer questions regarding the extent to which that adverb modifies the other adverb.

Examples of Adverbs Modifying Other Adverbs

Some examples of adverbs modifying other adverbs would be the following:

Abdullah finished his test somewhat hastily. (To what extent did Abdullah finish his test hastily?)

The restaurant is almost fully booked. (To what extent is the restaurant fully booked?)

Isadora jogs quite frequently. (To what extent does Isadora jog frequently?)

Cheyenne is often sharply dressed. (To what extent is Cheyenne sharply dressed?)

Adverbs Modifying Other Adverbs in Context

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Why You Should Use Adverbs That Modify Other Adverbs in Your Writing

When adverbs modify other adverbs, they tell to what extent or to what degree another adverb modifies a verb, and when you use an adverb to modify another adverb, you can be more exact with your writing. Compare the following two sentences:

I quickly scanned the page.
I very quickly scanned the page.

There’s a slight degree of difference between “quickly scanning a page” and “very quickly scanning a page,” and in creating this degree of difference with that extra adverb, you’ve just given your reader an additional level of detail.

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