Can an adverb modify an adverb?

I have heard “extremely carefully” used by a friend as in the sentence:

The plane was extremely carefully repaired.

Is that correct?

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Short answer, Yes!

You can use an adverb to describe another adverb. In fact, if you wanted to, you could use several.

See Grammarly's blog about adverbs.

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