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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar


320. The proper function of Adverbs, as petrified case-forms, is to modify Verbs: as,— celeriter īre, to go with speed. It is from this use that they derive their name (adverbium, from ad, to, and verbum, verb; see § 241. b). They also modify adjectives, showing in what manner or degree the quality described is manifested: as, splendidē mendāx, gloriously false. More rarely they modify other adverbs: as, nimis graviter, too severely. Many adverbs, especially relative adverbs, serve as connectives, and are hardly to be distinguished from conjunctions (see § 20 . g. N.).1

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For the derivation and classification of adverbs, see §§ 214 - 217 .