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Differences Between Verbs and Adverbs

by Neil Kokemuller, Demand Media Google

    The primary difference between a verb and an adverb is what they depict. A verb indicates an action being carried out by a noun. An adverb describes the nature, level, intensity or type of action. A sentence can have a verb that describes a noun's action, but an adverb can't exist without the presence of a verb.

    Example

    In the statement, "Jill reads quietly," "Jill" is the noun or subject of the sentence, "reads" is the verb describing her action and "quietly" is the adverb that indicates the manner in which she completes the action of reading.

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    Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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