The Adverb – Circumstantial Evidence

  • An adverb well qualifies a verb,
  • Its effect is quite simply superb.
  • It also qualifies,
  • Whether truly true or lies
  • An adjective or other adverb.

The adverb “qualifies” a verb. It describes the manner or circumstance in which a verb is done. “The man fights well.” “The boat badly sails on the sea.” “The people quickly walk to the train.” Traditionally and properly the adverb is placed before the verb, adjective or other adverb, which it qualifies, but present usage has it placed before or after, as is thought better.

The adverb can add a great deal of finer meaning to an adjective. Take for instance a a car crash. A car crash will be bad at the best of times, but a “bad” (adjectve) car crash will carry importance straightway and a “very” bad car crash means probaly someone hurt or worse and the car “written-off.” Just by the use of an adverb much more or finer meaning can be given to a sentence.

Adverbs can and often should be used often when writing good prose.

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