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What does not modify in this sentence?

I am not even playing basketball.

Also, does quickly modify played the game or just played in this sentence?

I played the game quickly.

  • @Lawrence Does it modify even? Even is an intensifier here, surely. One might perhaps argue that it's not just not but not even as the modifier. Dan: please only ask one question at once: I'll leave it to you which one to remove (and it appears the first is the one to leave). – Andrew Leach Mar 28 '17 at 7:00
  • In the first sentence 'not' modifies the verb 'am playing' and makes the sentence a negative one. Without which the sentence will be a totally different one - a positive. In the second sentence 'quickly' modifies the whole sentence, though the focus is on the verb. Even without 'quickly', the sentence can stand without much change of meaning. – mahmud koya Mar 28 '17 at 8:07
  • "Not" is modifying the focusing adverb "even", and the phrase "not even" then marks the clause as negative. In "I played the game quickly", the adverb "quickly" modifies the verb phrase "played the game". – BillJ Mar 28 '17 at 8:32

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