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Could you please give me a sentence where well (meaning good) modifies another adverb?

Centrifugal force is a well-known principle of physics. (well modifying an adjective)

She drives well. (well modifying a verb)

But can I create one where well will modify an another adverb?

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    Why do you think such a sentence exists? – Peter Shor Oct 12 '15 at 20:30
  • I saw it here: Well is often used as an adverb. Adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Good is most widely used as an adjective, meaning that it can modify nouns - blog.dictionary.com/well-vs-good – TH92 Oct 12 '15 at 20:46
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He was well-deservedly knighted.

Here well modifies an adverb that modifies a participle.

Going by Internet search results, well-deservedly seems to be actually used.

  • Thank you. I would say well modifies an adjective here. To sum it up - it is impossible to create an example where well will modify an another adverb. – TH92 Oct 14 '15 at 13:53
  • @user142410: And which adjective would that be? – Wrzlprmft Oct 14 '15 at 13:53
  • I think it is "deservedly". – TH92 Oct 14 '15 at 13:56
  • @user142410: I fail to see any argument for this. Deservedly here clearly modifies a verb (knighted) and not a noun. This is the central distinction between an adverb and an adjective. Moreover it carries the characteristic adverb ending ly (and is not an exception like ugly). Can you state a definition of adjective and how it applies to deservedly here? – Wrzlprmft Oct 14 '15 at 14:07
  • "Centrifugal force is a well-known principle of physics." (modifies the adjective known)" - I was told this on a forum so I thought the example above is the same :) – TH92 Oct 15 '15 at 9:43
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Adverbs can modify adverbs but that doesn't mean they must. It doesn't even mean that the majority can be used in that way. I cannot think of an example but it doesn't surprise me.

For example, 'slowly' is an adverb. Can you find an example where 'slowly' modifies another adverb?

  • "I very slowly walked to school" is an obvious answer where "very" Is an adverb modifying slowly. "My slowly accelerated walking disturbed her" uses "walking" as a gerund and not a noun, so slowly still isn't modifying an adverb. – jejorda2 Oct 12 '15 at 21:02
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    I didn't understand the point you just made. In the phrase 'I very slowly walked', the adverb 'slowly' is not modifying an adverb, it is modifying the verb 'walked'. Therefore it is not an answer to my (rhetorical) question. – chasly - supports Monica Oct 12 '15 at 21:09
  • I was agreeing with you with some examples. I wasn't trying to contradict you. – jejorda2 Oct 13 '15 at 12:48

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