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Adverbs

Introduction to Adverbs


An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective or another adverb.

For example:

Gini drives carefully.

(The word ‘carefully’ is an adverb. It is describing the verb ‘drives’. It is telling us how Gini drives.)

It is a very beautiful painting.

(The word ‘very’ is an adverb. It is describing the adjective ‘beautiful’. It is telling us how beautiful the painting is.)

The team won the match quite easily.

(The word ‘easily’ is an adverb. It is telling us how the team won the match. The word ‘quite’ is also an adverb. It is describing ‘easily’. It is telling us how easily the team won the match.)

Sometimes, an adverb can also modify an entire clause that follows it.

For example:

Luckily, the boy reached home in time.

(The word ‘luckily’ is an adverb. It is describing the clause ‘the boy reached home in time’.)

Sometimes a clause can perform the role of an adverb in a sentence.

For example:

The movie started before I entered the theatre.

(Here, the clause ‘before I entered the theatre’ is performing the function of an adverb. It is describing the verb ‘started’. It is telling us when the movie started.)

Sometimes a phrase can perform the role of an adverb in a sentence.

For example:

The girl is singing very sweetly.

(Here, the phrase ‘very sweetly’ is performing the function of an adv...

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