Adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. Use adverbs correctly by placing them as close as possible to the word they modify in a sentence.

Correct Usage

Adverbs modify verbs and adjectives to better relay information to the reader. For example, in the phrase, “Mary was extremely talkative,” the adverb -- extremely -- modifies the adjective, talkative. In the phrase, “Russell nervously tapped his fingers,” the adverb -- nervously -- helps the reader understand how Russell was tapping. Adverbs can also modify other adverbs, for example: “He hustled quite quickly through the airport terminal.” Here, the initial adverb -- quickly -- is reinforced by the addition of a preceding second adverb, quite.