Adverbs

Adverb phrases

September 18, 2010

We have already seen that a group of words called an adjective phrase can serve the same purpose as an adjective. In the same way, an adverb phrase can does the work of an adverb. Study the following examples. He spoke politely. (Here the adverb politely says something about the manner in which he spoke.) […]

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Special uses of some adverbs – Part II

August 30, 2010

Too Too is used to mean ‘more than is required’. You ate too much. He is too fat. It is too hot to go out. He is too weak to move about. The news is too good to be true. Too is often followed by to. I was too tired to do any work. (= […]

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Special uses of some adverbs

August 30, 2010

Very Very is commonly used before an adjective or another adverb in the positive degree. It means ‘to a great extent’. She is very beautiful. (with adjective) It is very hot. (with adjective) He did it very nicely. (with adverb) She is very sweet. (with adjective) He wrote the letter very carefully. (with adverb) Very […]

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Position of adverbs Part II

July 2, 2010

Adverbs should be placed next to the word or words they modify. He had almost got to the top when the rope broke. (Here the adverb almost modifies the verb got.) As a general rule, the adverb only should come immediately before the word it modifies. I solved only two problems. Only John managed to […]

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Position of adverbs

June 28, 2010

Adverbs of manner which answer the question ‘how?’ normally comes immediately after the verb or after the object if there is one. It is raining heavily. She combed her hair gently. (NOT She combed gently her hair.) She speaks English well. (NOT She speaks well English.) He walked slowly. Adverbs of place (e.g. here, there, […]

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Adverbs Part II

June 8, 2010

Adverbs of degree or quantity Adverbs of degree answer the question ‘how much’ or ‘in what degree’ or ‘to what extent’. Examples are: very, too, fully, quite, rather, enough, any, partly, almost, utterly, as, entirely etc. That was very tragic. I have almost finished. He was rather busy. Is he any good? You are partly […]

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What are adverbs?

June 8, 2010

Adverbs are words like now, then, today, tomorrow and carefully. An adverb modifies the meaning of a verb, an adjective or another adverb. Read the following sentences: Alice smiled sweetly. Those mangoes were very sweet. He spoke quite loudly. In sentence 1, the adverb quickly shows how (or in what manner) Alice smiled. It modifies […]

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