Posted by: episystechpubs | February 10, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Last of Adverbs

Today we have the last of Lolly’s adverb roles: adverbs that modify other adverbs. Generally, we try to avoid these in technical writing because we want to be concise. Adverbs that modify other adverbs tend to be considered “extra” or “unnecessary” in a technical context. This type of adverb is also referred to as an adverb of “degree” or as an “intensifier.”

Examples (primary adverb in bold; modifying adverb/adverb of degree in italics):

· Susan jumped almost fearlessly off the diving board.

· Hester arrived at the interview quite promptly.

· Yuko drank the milkshake too quickly.

· Cher went to the funeral dressed very plainly; her headdress only contained fifteen feathers and only her bodice was sequined.

· After the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl, they answered questions about going to Disneyland rather darkly.

Adverbs that modify other adverbs always appear immediately before the adverb they modify, as seen in the examples.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

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