Using otherwise

December 22, 2013

The word otherwise can be used in several different ways: Otherwise can be used to introduce the possible outcome of a given situation. We must hurry up; otherwise we will miss the train. The same idea can be expressed using if not or unless. If we do not hurry up, we will miss the train. […]

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Adverbs worksheet

September 24, 2013

Adverbs are words used to modify verbs. Adverbs can also be used to modify adjectives and other adverbs. Fill in the blanks with suitable adverbs from the box. Write the kind of adverb against each sentence. The same adverb can be used more than once. Occasionally Sometimes Usually Rarely Once Very Never Mostly Often always […]

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Adverb clause of time

June 25, 2013

An adverb clause of time shows when something happens.  It is usually introduced by time adverbs. Examples are: before, after, as, when, while, until, as soon as, since, no sooner than, as long as etc. Note that all adverb clauses are subordinate clauses. They cannot stand on their own and must be attached to an […]

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Adjective or adverb?

May 9, 2013

Adjectives are words used to modify nouns. They usually go before nouns. Adjectives may also go after be (is, am, are, was, were) and copular verbs like become, seem, look, feel etc. I feel happy. (NOT I feel happily.) She seemed excited. (NOT She seemed excitedly.) They were upset. Adverbs are words used to modify […]

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Enough as an adjective and adverb

April 7, 2013

  Enough is one of those words that can be used as an adjective and an adverb. The adverb enough is used to modify an adjective. In this case, it goes after the adjective it modifies. She is old enough to earn a living. (NOT She is enough old to earn a living. Here the […]

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Adverbs of degree exercise

October 5, 2012

Fill in the blanks with appropriate adverbs of degree. Each question is followed by three suggested answers. Choose the most appropriate one. Hints We cannot use very with comparatives. However, we can use other words like much, far, very much, a lot, lots etc. Superlatives can be modified by much, by far and by other […]

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Adverbs exercise

July 23, 2012

Complete the following sentences using appropriate adverbs. Choose your answers from the options given in the brackets. 1. He was driving ………………………………… and crashed into the car in front. (carefully / carelessly) 2. ……………………………….. the tiger appeared from nowhere. (suddenly / slowly) 3. The rain poured …………………………………. And we took shelter under a tree. (heavily […]

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Position of adverbs: difference between British and American English

August 23, 2011

Mid-position adverbs usually go after auxiliary verbs, after am / are / is / was / were and before other verbs. She has never written to me. The discussion was mainly about politics. When there are two or more auxiliary verbs, the adverb usually goes after the first. You have definitely been working hard. In […]

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Position of adverbs of certainty and place

August 20, 2011

We use adverbs of certainty to say how sure we are of something. Examples are: certainly, definitely, clearly, obviously and probably. Adverbs of certainty usually go in mid-position. Study the following patterns. Auxiliary verb + adverb She will probably come. The train has obviously been delayed. Am / are / is / was / were […]

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Adverb clauses of degree or comparison

March 10, 2011

Adverb clauses of degree or comparison answer the question how much, how little or how many. The chief conjunctions used to introduce adverb clauses of degree are as, as…as, so…as and than. She is older than her husband. She is as intelligent as she is beautiful. You are later than I expected. She is as […]

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