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Notes on Adverbs
Transcript of Notes on Adverbs
Examples: slowly, quietly, fast, angrily
He speaks quietly.
~Place: An adverb that modifies the verb to specify where it is taking place
Examples: here, there, backwards, indoors, upstairs
I live here.
Types of Adverbs
Adverbs tell you how, in what way, when, where, how often, and to what extent something is done. In other words, they describe the manner, place, time, or frequency of an action.
~Frequency: An adverb that modifies the verb to specify
how frequent that verb occurs
Examples: often, rarely, seldom, usually, for awhile
She never sleeps late.
~Time: An adverb that modifies the verb to specify when it
is taking place and for how long
Examples: Wednesday, yesterday, January, 2 o’clock, yet,
We’ll leave tomorrow.
Types of Adverbs
The difference between an adverb and an adjective is the following:
*An adjective modifies a noun.
Example: "John is tall." (The adjective tall modifies the
An adverb modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
~"That idea is simply ridiculous." (The adverb simply modifies
the adjective ridiculous)
~"She sings nicely." (The adverb nicely modifies the verb sing)
~"She did it really well." (the adverb really modifies the
Adverbs vs. Adjectives
A word that modifies adjectives, verbs, or adverbs
Hint: Most adverbs that modify a verb end in “ly”
This is done by adding “ly” to the end of an adjective
Note: Keep in mind that more than one adjective can modify a noun. Therefore, take note of which part of the sentence the word is modifying to establish whether it is an adjective or an adverb.
Example: She is a really tall girl.
That is a tall, blonde man.
Rule: Adverbs answer the question How? When? or Why?
Exceptions and Rules
Some words end in “ly” but are not adverbs:
The kindly teacher
A lonely girl
An elderly man
The friendly police officer
Some adjectives change their form completely when they become an adverb.
Example: Adjective = Good
Adverb = Well