English Grammar Lessons -
Adverbs tell us in what way someone does something.
Adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs.
Adjectives tell us something about a person or a thing.
Adjectives can modify nouns or pronouns.
Rita is a careful driver. (Adjective)
Rita drives carefully. (Adverb)
Rita is a careful driver. This sentence is about Rita, the
driver, so use the adjective.
Rita drives carefully. This sentence is about her way of
driving, so use the adverb.
Adjective + -ly
If the adjective ends in -le, the adverb ends in -ly.
Example: terrible - terribly
If the adjective ends in -e, then add -ly.
Example: safe - safely
Tip: Not all words ending in -ly are adverbs.
Types of adverbs:
1) Adverbs of manner: quickly, kindly
2) Adverbs of degree: very, rather
3) Adverbs of frequency: often, sometimes
4) Adverbs of time: now, today
5) Adverbs of place: here, nowhere
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