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?

  • 2
    Why do you think such a sentence exists? Commented Oct 12, 2015 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
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 20:46

2 Answers 2


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
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 13:53
  • @user142410: And which adjective would that be?
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 13:53
  • I think it is "deservedly".
    – TH92
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 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
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 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
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 9:43

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
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 21:02
  • 1
    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. Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 21:09
  • I was agreeing with you with some examples. I wasn't trying to contradict you.
    – jejorda2
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 12:48

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.