An adverb can tell to what extent an adjective modifies a noun. An adverb that modifies an adjective is called an intensifier.
That is an unusually tall tree. (Unusually tells how tall the tree is.)
Jared's sister is exceptionally smart. (Exceptionally tells how smart the sister is.)
Position of Adverbs
Adverbs that modify adjectives must go directly before the adjectives they modify.
The strangely quiet classroom made the teacher wonder what had happened.
Practice What You've Learned
- Click first on an adverb that modifies an adjective then the adjective it modifies. Repeat for each adverb that modifies an adjective. Do not include the adverbs that modify verbs.
- That very tall giraffe statue is too cute.
- That mostly homemade spaghetti sauce tastes almost right.
- The usually cold winter weather has turned unseasonably warm.
- The painfully shy girl becomes amazingly outgoing when she gets on stage.
- These deliciously sweet cookies are almost homemade.
- The dark brown coat will match the light brown pants perfectly.
- My very big dog has extremely bad breath.
- Jessie's carefully hidden diary has her most private thoughts.
- That horribly smelly waste water should not be flowing into our newly cleaned river.
- That athletically handsome new student will hopefully join our usually winning sports teams.