adverb + noun

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adverb + noun

Post by Rustamsher » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:07 pm

My friends are mostly(adv) non-smokers(n).

Dear Teacher, does "mostly" modify the noun non-smokers or the verb arein the
sentence OR does it modify the whole sentence?
Adverbs usually modify verbs, adverbs and adjectives. In general, can adverbs also
modify nouns?

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Re: adverb + noun

Post by Alan » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:43 am

No, adverbs cannot modify nouns.

'Mostly' here postmodifies 'are'.