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I was trying to understand adverbs. I came across an explanation for which I need further clarity. I'm not sure if I can post links to other sites but if I can let me know and I'll post the source.

Here it is:

"If I ask you to talk very loudly, then very is the adverb: it describes how you are supposed to talk."

My question is what is 'loudly' in this context? And why isn't 'very loudly' the adverb?

Thanks.

Source: https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/adverb

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  • Yes, it is always preferable that you post a relevant link. May 15, 2017 at 13:31

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There's no such thing as ‘the’ adverb: any utterance may contain as many adverbs as your hearer is willing to listen to.

In your example, very is an adverb modifying loudly; loudly is also an adverb, and the adverb phrase very loudly modifies talk.

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  • Thanks, that really helps clarify it. I suppose they were trying to keep it simple but it left me confused.
    – Woke
    May 17, 2017 at 8:25

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