How To Use Adverbs
- they sang loudly
- she’s very pretty
- he writes really well
When used with a verb, adverbs can tell us about:
- how something happens or is done (manner):
She stretched lazily.
He walked slowly.
The town is easily accessible by road.
- where something happens (place):
I live here.
She’s travelling abroad.
The children tiptoed upstairs.
- when or how often something happens (time and frequency):
They visited us yesterday.
I have to leave soon.
He still lives in London.
The engines were checked daily for faults.
Adverbs can make the meaning of a verb, adjective, or other adverb stronger or weaker. These are often called adverbs of degree:
- with a verb:
I almost fell asleep.
He really means it.
- with an adjective:
These schemes are very clever.
This is a slightly better result.
- with another adverb:
They nearly always get home late.
The answer to both questions is really rather simple.
Positions of adverbs
As a general rule, adverbs can be used in three positions:
- front (perhaps they’ll arrive this evening)
- mid (she hardly knew him)
- end (I left the bedroom and ran downstairs)
Read more about positions of adverbs.
Many adverbs (like adjectives) can have three forms: the positive (e.g. early); the comparative (e.g. earlier) and the superlative (e.g. earliest). The formation of comparative and superlative adverbs (and adjectives) is known as comparison.
Back to word classes (or parts of speech).
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