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    Default Why are words which qualify adjectives described as adverbs

    Been years since I studied grammar but adverbs are supposed to be words which qualify verbs eg

    "slowly" is an adverb and in this sentence it qualifies the verb "walked" - "I walked slowly"

    But why are words like "rather", "somewhat", "quite" regarded as adverbs

    eg "I am somewhat happy"

    Is it because the "somewhat" qualified the verb "am"?

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    Default Re: Why are words which qualify adjectives described as adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaggers View Post
    Been years since I studied grammar but adverbs are supposed to be words which qualify verbs eg

    "slowly" is an adverb and in this sentence it qualifies the verb "walked" - "I walked slowly"

    But why are words like "rather", "somewhat", "quite" regarded as adverbs

    eg "I am somewhat happy"

    Is it because the "somewhat" qualified the verb "am"?
    "Anadverb is a word that changes or qualifies the meaning of a verb, adjective, other adverb, clause,sentence or any other word or phrase, except that it does not include the adjectives and determiners that directly modify nouns."
    Adverb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: Why are words which qualify adjectives described as adverbs

    In short, modifying verbs is only part of an adverb's job.

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    Default Re: Why are words which qualify adjectives described as adverbs

    Thanks very much for responses - it was the "verb" in "adverb" which bamboozled me!

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    Default Re: Why are words which qualify adjectives described as adverbs

    Yeah - it's a bit of a misleading name. With 'pronoun', say, you can break it down into pro and noun.

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