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Here is my homework question. He remained quite still. Is remained or quite changed by the adverb?

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  • "Quite" is the adverb, and cannot "change" itself.
    – Aaron
    May 1, 2018 at 1:00

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Quite modifies still.

From OED:

A. adv. I. As an intensifier: completely, fully, entirely; to the utmost extent or degree.

This sentence means that "He remained still to the fullest extent possible."

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Your question makes an incorrect assumption about what the adverb in the sentence is.

He is a pronoun.
Remained is a verb.
Quite is the adverb: it modifies still.
Still is an adjective: it modifies he.

"The adverb" modifies neither remained (the verb) nor quite (itself).

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