Adverbs (1)

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Adverbs (1)

  1. 1. Introduction to Grammar, continued…
  2. 2. ADVE S RB • Adverbs describe and modify or change other words, just as adjectives do. • HOWEVER, instead of describing things, they describe actions & qualities. • Adverbs qualify the meanings of verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. • For example: – How did the runner run? – How deep was the snow? – How well did the singer sing? • Adverbs have the answers to all these questions!
  3. 3. E xample • He played guitar skillfully. • He played guitar dreadfully. • He played guitar passionately.
  4. 4. F eatures of Adverbs 1. 2. 3. 4. Many adverbs end in –ly Adverbs modify Placement of adverbs Adverbs and comparisons
  5. 5. (1) M any adverbs end in –ly • • • Many adverbs are formed by adding –ly to an adjective. Ex: lovely, ugly, sadly, happily, briefly, easily, truly. Warning: -ly ending does not guarantee a word is an adjective! Adjective Quiet -ly Ending + ly Adverb = Quietly
  6. 6. H ? OW Is or was it done? • Rules about adverbs: 1. Use adverbs sparingly b/se they cause wordiness and awkwardness 2. Beware of words ending in –ly that are not adverbs • • • Examples: lovely, lonely, ghastly, and worldly These examples do not answer the question HOW? These examples are really adjectives! 3. Always go back to the HOW? Rule HOW? Is/was it done?
  7. 7. (2) Adverbs M odify • When you use an adverb, you modify or change the meaning of a verb, an adjective, or another verb. • Modify verb – Ex: Good drivers turn the corner slowly. • Modify adjective – Ex: Really good drivers turn that corner slowly • Modify adverb – Ex: Good drivers turn that corner very slowly
  8. 8. (3) P lacement of Adverbs • Adverbs modifying verbs can usually be moved around in a sentence w/out changing the meaning. • Before verb – Ex: The car immediately stopped. • After verb – Ex: The car stopped immediately. • Adverbs that modify adjectives or other adverbs belong right in the front of the words they modify. • Before adjective – Ex: That’s an extremely dangerous corner for bicycle riders. • Before adverb – Ex: The car turned the corner really quickly.
  9. 9. (4) Adverbs and Comparisons • Regular adverbs Fast Faster Fastest Early Earlier Earliest Rapidly More rapidly Most rapidly Easily More easily Most easily Badly Worse Worst Far Farther Farthest Well Better Best • Irregular adverbs
  10. 10. Confusing adverb pairs Adverb Well Badly Really Surely Adjective Good Bad Real Sure • Examples: – Her test results were good. (adjective linked to results) – She did well on her test. (adverb modifying verb did)

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