I have a question about the adjective "unassisted" in the sentences below.

  • "In terms of movement, an infant will be able to reach a sitting position unassisted."
  • "In late stages, patients cannot walk unassisted and may have difficulty sitting down from a standing position."

While I myself would write in such ways, and see nothing unusual, I have never considered - exactly what the word "unassisted" modifies? Should not be there an adverb instead, since it answers the question "How?". Or have I understood it wrong, and that it actually does not describe a manner (since it's not an Adverb)?
Careful explanation is much appreciated, thanks.

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    Unassisted is an adverb—or is at least being used adverbially here.. (I walk [verb] unassisted [adverb].) It's not clear what you're asking. (Or the premise of your question is simply incorrect.) – Jason Bassford Nov 8 at 20:30
  • @JasonBassford Hi Jason, it's just because in every dictionary that I have used, the word is listed as "adjective". Besides, doesn't "unassistedly" also exist as an "adverb"? – TranK Nov 9 at 6:35
  • The word is at least an adjective. He was unassisted. (This is just like saying he was tall, where tall is an adjective.) But in your use, it is at least being used as an adverb. (Whether or not you want to call it an adverb.) – Jason Bassford Nov 9 at 16:53

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