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What is an Adverb?

An adverb is a word that is used to modify (to tell more about) a verb, an adjective, and another adverb.

 

TYPES OF ADVERB

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of manner are ones that answer the question “how?” These adverbs show how something, such as an action, is done. In a sentence, manner adverbs typically follow the verb, which is a part of speech that represents a state or action, such as “sing.” An example of an adverb of manner used in a sentence is the word “beautifully” in the sentence “he sings beautifully.” More examples are: swiftly, slowly, sluggishly etc.

 

Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time demonstrate when something, such as an action, happens or is done; these types of adverbs answer the question “when?” An adverb of time is situated by the English speaker or writer at the beginning or the end of a sentence. An example of an adverb of time used in a sentence is the word “yesterday” in the sentence “I saw you yesterday.” More examples are: later, before, ago, when etc.

 Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place show a listener or reader where something, such as an action like “walk,” happens or is done. These adverbs answer the question “where?” In a sentence, adverbs of place are used following the verb. A simple example of a place adverb used in a sentence is the word “here” used in the sentence “I live here.” A more complicated example is the phrase “in the restaurant” used in the sentence “we met her in the restaurant.” More examples are: there, in, outside, inside, etc.

 

Adverbs of Degree

Adverbs of degree, or quantity, are parts of speech that answer the question “how much?” or “to what extent?” These are placed before the adverb, which is a part of speech that describes a verb, adverb or adjective, and the adjective, which is a part of speech that describes a noun, in a sentence. An example of an adverb of degree is the word “nearly” in the sentence “the glass is nearly full.”More examples are: fully, extremely etc.

 

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency are often-used parts of speech that answer the question “how often?” Examples of adverbs of frequency include such words as “never,” “seldom,” “usually,” “almost,” “hardly ever,” “sometimes,” “already,” “quite,” “occasionally” and “rarely.” These adverbs follow the verb “to be” and are placed before the simple tenses of all other verbs. A frequency adverb is the word “often” in the sentence “he is often happy.”More examples: rarely, seldom, never etc.

EVALUATION:

Find the adjective in the first sentence and fill in the blanks with the corresponding adverb.

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  1. James is careful. He drives .
  2. The girl is slow. She walks .
  3. Her English is perfect. She speaks English .
  4. Our teacher is angry. She shouts .
  5. My neighbor is a loud speaker. He speaks .

 

See also

Types of Pronouns

ADVERBS

ANTONYMS

SENTENCE BUILDING: MODALS

PAST AND PAST CONTINOUS TENSE

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