Monday, 27 June 2022

WHAT ARE ADVERBS?




 Adverbs modify a verb, an adjective or another adverb. Regarded as one of the parts of speech, they answer questions such as "how"? "when"? "where? "in what way"? and "to what extent"?

They may be featured as single words or phrases or clauses. They provide information about the manner, place, time , frequency or certainty of the action denoted by the verb or verb phrase. Some words can be used as adjectives and adverbs (fast, straight, hard).

The adverbs of time (today, soon, then)

Adverbs of place (here, there, everywhere)

 Adverbs of frequency (often, once, never)

Adverbs of degree  (very, much quite, so to)  and

Adverbs of manner (slowly, steadily).

Adverbs answering the question "how"? are formed adding -ly to adjectives.

Adverbs may take comparative and superlative forms  (more slowly, most slowly, faster, sooner). They can be formed by adding -wise, -ward to nouns (homeward, lengthwise)

Examples:

1. She was running slowly

2. The children are playing together

3. He was quite right

4. I have just finished the crossword

5. The bird flew high.


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