Pick out the modifier and show which word it modifies.

1. Sue sat silently throughout the meal.

1. Sue sat silently throughout the meal. (The adverb silently modifies sat. It answers the question of how she sat during the meal.)

2. I rarely interrupt when other people are speaking.

2. I rarely interrupt when other people are speaking. (Rarely modifies interrupt which tells us how infrequently I interrupt others.)

3. She suddenly left the party.

3. She suddenly left the party. (Suddenly modifies the verb left, telling us in what manner the girl left the party.)

4. He receives his copy of the magazine monthly.

4. He receives his copy of the magazine monthly. (Monthly modifies receives. It tells us how often he receives his magazine.)

5. My father often reads the newspaper in bed.

5. My father often reads the newspaper in bed. (Often is an adverb and it modifies reads and we know the reading is not done every night.)

6. We finally decided to stay where we were.

6. We finally decided to stay where we were. (Finally modifies decided to show that at last a decision was made.)

7. Jack and Jill regularly visit their parents.

7. Jack and Jill regularly visit their parents. (Regularly is the modifier of visit. The adverb regularly is used to show how often they visit their parents.)

8. There is someone standing outside the door.

8. There is someone standing outside the door. (Outside, by modifying the verb standing, indicates where the someone stands.)

9. He is quite serious about resigning.

9. He is quite serious about resigning. (Quite is an adverb that modifies the adjective serious.

10. The girls are kept separately from the boys.

10. The girls are kept separately from the boys. (Separately modifies kept. So how are the girls and boys kept? Not together.)

11. At their age, they are still playing tennis.

11. At their age, they are still playing tennis. (Using still, an adverb, to show they are still playing tennis when they are no longer young.)

12. Perhaps, you'd like to join us for a drink?

12. Perhaps, you'd like to join us for a drink? (Perhaps expresses uncertainty or possibility, and it modifies the whole sentence.)

13. He came rushing upstairs after his sister.

13. He came rushing upstairs after his sister. (The word upstairs modifies rushing, and it lets us know where he was rushing to.)

14. We only see each other occasionally.

14. We see each other occasionally. (The adverb occasionally modifies the verb see to show that we meet irregularly.)

15. Tony walked fast for the toilet.

15. Tony walked fast for the toilet. (The adverb fast, by modifying walk, conveys the speed of the walk.)