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Adverbs in Sign Language

An adverb is a word that describes or modifies a verb, an adjective, another adverb, a phrase, or a clause. The function of an adverb is to give more information about verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.

In English, many adverbs can be identified by their characteristic "ly" suffix in English.

The horse runs quickly.
The adverb "quickly" in this sentences describes the verb "runs".

You are utterly beautiful.
This adverb "utterly" modifies the adjective "beautiful".

The old man drives very slowly.
This adverb "very" modifies another adverb "slowly".

In ASL, some adverbs are words, non-manual signals (NMS), movements (speed, path, and intensification), and other forms.

The ASL regular word red has a couple of repetitions and a short movement. For very/deep red, it has one slightly long movement and a non-manual signal of pursed lips and squinted eyes. This adverb modifies the adjective.

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