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  • I found the film amazingly dull.
  • The meeting went well and the directors were extremely happy with the outcome.
  • Crabs are known for walking sideways.
  • Only members are allowed to enter.
  • I usually have eggs for breakfast.
  • However, I will not eat fried eggs again.
  • Certainly the quality was very poor.


An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, adjective, another adverb, determiner, noun phrase, clause, or sentence. Adverbs typically express manner, place, time, frequency, degree, level of certainty, etc., answering questions such as how?, in what way?, when?, where?, and to what extent?. This function is called the adverbial function, and may be realised by single words (adverbs) or by multi-word expressions (adverbial phrases and adverbial clauses).

Adverbs are traditionally regarded as one of the parts of speech. However, modern linguists note that it has come to be used as a kind of "catch-all" category, used to classify words with various different types of syntactic behavior, not necessarily having much in common except that they do not fit into any of the other available categories (noun, adjective, preposition, etc.)

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