My question regards the following sentences
- The province is nominally independent.
- While nominally a film student, Barnett had no aspirations of a career behind the camera.
- Although 75 per cent of Swedes are nominally members of the church, only 2 per cent attend regularly.
and so on.
In all of these sentences, the word 'nominally' gives extra detail about the words which are not verbs. In the first sentence, if I ask 'how independent?' the answer would be 'nominally independent'. The same question-answer process can be run for the other two sentences and the result would be the same. So, why does the word 'nominally' an adverb and not an adjective?