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Adverbs

Adverbs of Manner and Degree

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.)

Adverbs Expressing Manner

These adverbs answer the question ‘how?’

Nina read the article carefully.

(Ask the question ‘read how?’ and you get the answer ‘carefully’.)

Gauri has answered the question correctly.

(Ask the question ‘has answered how?’ and you get the answer ‘correctly’.)

The children waited eagerly.

(Ask the question ‘waited how?’ and you get the answer ‘eagerly’.)

I can solve this problem easily.

(Ask the question ‘can solve how?’ and you get the answer ‘easily’.)

Rishabh works hard.

(Ask the question ‘works how?’ and you get the answer ‘hard’.)

The new bowler bowls fast.

(Ask the question ‘bowls how?’ and you get the answer ‘fast’.)

The new recruit went about his work quietly.

(Ask the question ‘went about how?’ and you get the answer ‘quietly’.)

Pick up the phone quickly.

(Ask the question ‘pick up how?’ and you get the answer ‘quickly’.)

Note: An adverb of manner is usually placed after the verb or after the object of the verb.

Adverbs Expressing Degree

These adverbs answer the question ‘how much?’

Raju is a very naughty boy.

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