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

  • "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."


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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