It has been said that an adverb cannot modify a noun.

But this article's title is:

Google, Amazon or Even Apple Could Buy Tivo

Here, 'even' I think is an adverb but it does seem to modify the following noun 'Apple'.

How is this possible? Is this an exception to the rule that an adverb cannot modify a noun?

  • That's a shame about the DV, maybe if you quote some literature that even cannot modify nouns, or illustrate how "even" modifies Apple then maybe the question could be better appreciated. – Mari-Lou A Apr 12 '18 at 9:30
  • Adverbs can occasionally postmodify nouns (e.g. "A shortage of timber internationally led to a rise in prices" / "Industrial action led to the withdrawal indefinitely of the ferry services"). And adverbs like "even" can freely modify NPs: Even John liked it / We can do it anytime, even tonight. – BillJ Apr 12 '18 at 9:31
  • Other examples of an adverb modifying an NP include "I bought almost the last copy" / "Ed is virtually his only friend". – BillJ Apr 12 '18 at 9:48
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    This isn't a duplicate. It's a question about the word 'even' specifically, whether it is always an adverb, or is sometimes an adverb sometimes an adjective, or some other analysis. – Mitch Apr 12 '18 at 12:35

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