Posted by: episystechpubs | February 2, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Adverbs and Adjectives

Happy Groundhog Day!

We left off the other day with adverbs modifying verbs. Before I tell you about adverbs that modify adjectives, I have a hint to help you figure out if a word is an adverb modifying a verb.

According to The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage, “If a word can be moved to a different position in the sentence, then the word is an adverb that modifies the verb.” Let’s see how this works (verbs bolded, adverbs italicized):


· He built the go-cart carefully.

Adverb moved

· He carefully built the go-cart.


· I spoke to the groundhog candidly.

Adverb moved

· Candidly, I spoke to the groundhog.

· I candidly spoke to the groundhog.


· I dyed my dog’s hair yesterday.

Adverb moved

· Yesterday, I dyed my dog’s hair.


· Doug borrows my car frequently.

Adverb moved

· Doug frequently borrows my car.

· Frequently, Doug borrows my car.

Kara Church

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