Adverbs. quickly. carefully. very. well. really. slowly. What is an adverb?. An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. An adverb tells how, when, where, or to what extent. How are adverbs formed?. Most adverbs are formed by adding – ly to adjectives:
An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
An adverb tells how, when, where, or to what extent.
Most adverbs are formed by adding –ly to adjectives:
Other adverbs are words like:
there, now, never, almost, too
The cat walked slowly.
Slowly tells HOW the cat walked.
(slowly modifies the verb walked)
The dog show begins tomorrow.
Tomorrow tells WHEN the show will begin.
(tomorrow modifies begins)
Three carpenters are working upstairs.
Upstairs tells WHERE the carpenters are working.
(upstairs modifies working)
My sand sculpture is nearly finished.
Nearly tells TO WHAT EXTENT the sculpture is finished.
(nearly modifies finished)
Find the adverb and the word it modifies.
Bob plays the saxophone well.
He had a concert yesterday.
Well tells HOW Bob plays.
Yesterday tells WHEN the concert was.
Find the adverb and the word it modifies:
The two cats often play.
They quickly run up and down the stairs.
The cats are very active.
Often tells WHEN the cats play.
Quickly tells HOW the cats run.
Very tells HOW active the cats are.
Adverbs can be used to compare two actions.
Use the comparative form of the adverb.
Mary runs faster than Leslie.
Adverbs can be used to compare 3 or more actions.
Use the superlative form of the adverb.
Of the 3 light bulbs, the 150-watt burns brightest.
late later latest
high higher highest
early earlier earliest
brightly more brightly most brightly
brave more bravely most bravely
carefully more carefully most carefully
well better best
Theresa pitches (fast) than Sylvia.
Of all the girls on the team, Maria runs (quick).
Jenny likes the Blue Jays (well) than the Yankees.
tell how many, what kind, or which one about nouns and pronouns.
tell how, when, where, or to what extent about verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.
The actors knew their parts (perfect, perfectly).
The actors seemed (calm, calmly) before the play began.
The speeches were very (well, good).
The mountains are (real, really) gigantic.
The storm (quick, quickly) ended.
The rain fell (lightly, light) on the roof.