My understanding of adverbs is right?

The deer ran really quickly.

Really describes the adverb quickly (quickly describes the verb ran hence is an adverb that's why I said so) hence really is an adverb.

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    Yes, of course. What else could it be?
    – BillJ
    Sep 18, 2020 at 17:23

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Despite their name, adverbs don't have to modify verbs; they can modify other parts of the sentence.

Lexico defines an adverb as follows:

A word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word group, expressing a relation of place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree, etc.

You are correct about this sentence:

The deer ran really quickly.

"Really" modifies "quickly", and the adverbial phrase "really quickly" modifies "ran".

  • I know what you mean, but strictly speaking it's the AdvP "really quickly" that modifies "ran".
    – BillJ
    Sep 19, 2020 at 7:29
  • @BillJ Thanks for pointing that out. I have amended my answer accordingly.
    – rjpond
    Sep 19, 2020 at 8:01

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