What is the adverb in this sentence "The team eagerly awaited their next opponent"?

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An adverb is a word that modifies a verb - it tells us a bit more about what is going on.

One telltale way to see words that are adverbs is that they often (although not always) end in "-ly".

Let's now look at our sentence:

The team eagerly awaited their next opponent.

Is there a word that ends in "-ly"? Yes - "eagerly".

Does it modify a verb? Yes it does - the verb "awaited", as in "How did the team await?" Answer - eagerly.

Another way to see it is to take out the adverb and see how it changes the sentence:

The team awaited their next opponent.

Now we don't know the mood of the team - was it excited? eager? despondent? fearful?