Adverb

What is an Adverb?

Adverbs are an important part of speech. An adverb is a word that tells us more about a verb. It “qualifies” or “modifies” a verb, adjective, clause, or another adverb.

An adverb indicates manner, time, place, cause or degree and it usually answer questions such as how?, where?, when?, how often? and how much?.

Examples: Adverb
She speaks softly. (How does she speak?)
I saw the movie recently. (When did you see the movie?)
They are talking outside. (Where are they talking?)

 

Adverbs can also modify adjectives or even other adverbs.

Examples:

Modify an adjective: He is really beautiful (really modifies beautiful)

Modify another adverb: He drives incredibly slowly. (incredibly modifies slowly)

Adverbs are often formed by adding -ly to an adjective.

Example: beautiful – beautifully, careful – carefully

Adverb Form

There are some basic rules about spelling for -ly adverbs. See the table below:

Changing Adjective Word Forms to Adverb Word Forms (suffixes)

Adjective ending

Adjective

Adverb

ADJ. FORM + LY
(For most words, add -ly to the end of an adjective form to create an adverb word form)

quick
nice
sole

quickly
nicely
solel

– LE to – LY
(For words with more than one syllable ending in -le, replace the -le with –ly)

Able
capable
regrettable

Ably
capably
regrettably

–Y to – ILY
(For words with more than one syllable ending in -y, replace the -y with -ily.)

angry
easy
happy

Angrily
easily
happily

– IC to – iCALLY
(For words ending in –ic, replace –ic with –ically.)

Academic
Acoustic
Magic

Academically
Acoustically
Magically

2 comments on “Adverb
  1. Nsubili Njela says:

    Now i have a confidence to communicate in English

  2. umar alam says:

    GOOD. THANKS A LOT FOR TEACH US.

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