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An adverb is a part of speech that provides greater description to a verb, adjective, another adverb, a
phrase, a clause, or a sentence.
A great way to pick out an adverb from a sentence is to look for the word ending in -ly. Although that's not
universally true, it's a great place to start. Also, given their function, these fundamental elements of the
English language are usually placed right before or after the verb in the sentence.
Adverbs are intensifiers and they can even come in the form of an adverb phrase. That just means you're
looking at two or more words that act as an adverb. Let's take some time to dive (v.) deeply (adv.) into
these popular modifiers.
Defining an Adverb
What is an adverb? Well, first, it's important to understand the words adverbs work closely with, starting
with verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.
 A verb is a word that expresses action or a state of being, i.e. jump, run, swim, ski, fish, talk.
 An adjective is a word that describes or clarifies a noun, i.e. pretty, happy, silly, sunny.
 A noun is a person, place or thing - in its simplest definition, i.e. girl, dog, mom.
Once you see a few examples, it'll be easy to see how adverbs function in a sentence. To simplify things,
they explain the action.
Here are some examples of adverbs modifying verbs:
 He runs quickly.
 She walks slowly.
 He's happily chattering over there in the corner.
Adverbs can also modify adjectives or other adverbs. They provide more information about that other
descriptive word. For example:
 He runs very quickly.
In this sentence, the adverb "very" is describing the adverb "quickly" ("very quickly" can be used as an
adverb phrase).
 An incredibly pretty girl sat down next to me.
In this sentence, the adverb "incredibly" is describing the adjective "pretty."
Identifying an Adverb
So, you can tell whether or not a word is an adverb by considering its function in the sentence. If it is
describing a verb, adjective or other adverb it's an adverb.
Let's talk a little bit more about that -ly ending. We've compiled a list of 100 adverbs, and you'll see that
many of them end in -ly. While that's a popular way to identify these modifiers, it's important to
remember that isn't universally true. Don't forget adverbs such as "always", "often", "sometimes",
"seldom", and "never." You've also got conjunctive adverbs such as "also," "besides," "meanwhile," and
But, since the -ly form is very common let's keep the party going with a few more examples:
 The dog messily ate his dinner.
 I happily handed in my test.
 She quickly washed the dishes.
You can tell that these words are adverbs because they're describing the verbs in the sentence and they
end in -ly.
Many high-frequency words are also adverbs. For example, "very," "much," "more," and "many" can all be
 The puppy's behavior was very bad.
 The much smarter boy won the spelling bee.
 I so want to go to that concert tonight.
Common Errors with Adverbs and Adjectives
Since adverbs and adjectives both modify other words, people often mistakenly use an adjective when
they should use an adverb and vice versa. For example, the following sentence is incorrect:
 He behaved very bad on the field trip.
This is incorrect because "bad" is an adjective being used to describe "behaved," which is a verb. It should
 He behaved very badly on the field trip.
On the other hand, this would be correct:
 His behavior was bad on the field trip.
Here, the adjective "bad" is correctly describing the noun "behavior."

Source: https://grammar.yourdictionary.com/parts-of-speech/adverbs/what-is-an-adverb.html