I am confused about the use of "largely", an adverb, in the following sentence I read in a newspaper today

India has imposed a largely successful lockdown.

Here, the adverb "largely" should qualify the verb "imposed", but I am having a hard time grasping the usage here.

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    Actually, “largely” modifies the adjective “successful.” It means “mostly.” To call a lockdown “largely successful” is to say that the lockdown has succeeded for the most part, though it has not been 100% successful.
    – Nanigashi
    Commented May 10, 2020 at 1:58

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Adverbs are words that modify verbs or other modifiers - which means they might modify adjectives or even other adverbs.

The main clue that largely is modifying successful is the article before it. The things that can come between an article and a noun are adjectives and adverbs that modify those adjectives.

Adverbs can't reach back earlier in the sentence once an article appears until after the noun.


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