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Modal adverbs

 
 
Modal adverbs express manner, degree and intensity. Other modal adverbs express extension or restriction.

Manner
Degree and intensity 
Extension
Restriction


Manner

The following adverbs express manner:

anders, gern, so
folgendermaßen, blindlings, jählings
eilends, vergebens
derart, genauso, irgendwie,
hinterrücks, kopfüber, rundweg

Negation:
nicht

Question:
wie?

Many adjectives used as adverbs belong to this class:

schnell fahren, schön singen, gut leben, fleißig arbeiten


Degree, intensity

Adverbs like the following indicate degree or intensity:

einigermaßen, haufenweise, größtenteils,
sehr, kaum, überaus, äußerst


Extension

Adverbs like the following indicate extension, connection or enumeration:

auch, außerdem, ferner, ebenfalls, sonst, zudem
erstens, zweitens, drittens



Restriction

Adverbs like the following express restriction:

allerdings, doch, hingegen, immerhin, jedoch, nur, wenigstens, zumindest







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