Not and its contraction n't are adverbs. They really modify the entire sentence, but we will have them modify the verb as it is the most important word in the sentence. This is a common practice in grammar books. Remember that adverbs tell us how, when, where, why, and how much and modify verbs, adjectives, andother adverbs.
Instructions: Find the adverbs in these sentences and tell which word they modify.
1. Terri did not do the work correctly.
2. Mom was never so deeply pleased with the kids.
3. Badger actually likes almost every cat he sees.
4. I recently found that you wouldn't help.
5. You will not go tomorrow to that very scary movie.
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1. not, correctly (both words modify the verb did do)
2. never, so, deeply (never and deeply modify the verb was pleased; so modifies deeply telling how much)
3. actually, almost (actually modifies the verb likes; almostmodifies every telling how much)
4. recently, n't (recently modifies the verb found; n't modifies the verb would help)
5. not, tomorrow, very (not and tomorrow modify the verb will go; verymodifies scary telling how much)
Note: Adverbs that modify verbs always modify the whole verb phrase when it is made up of more than one word.
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