Parts of Speech: Adverb

Parts of speech contains words that have distinctive meanings and functions that, together, makes a sentence clear. There are 8 parts of speech in the English grammar and are as follows: noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, conjunction, preposition, and interjection.

5. Adverb

Just like an adjective, an adverb helps modify or define a verb, adjective, or another adverb. Note that an adverb that describes an adjective must go before the adjective; that adverb usually ends in -ly.

ex: Yesterday was unusually slow
ex: The box was extremely heavy to lift by myself.

An adverb also tells us how, when, where, in what manner, and to what extent.

ex:  The weather station states that tomorrow there will be scattered thunderstorms.
The adverb, “tomorrow,” tells us when.

ex:  We saw the thief running through over there.
The adverb, “there,” tells us where.

ex: The teach was quick with today’s lecture.
The adverb, “quick,” tells us how.

ex:  The teacher quickly went through today’s lecture for early dismissal.
The adverb, “quickly,” tells us how much.

Adverbs can also tell us whether something was or was not done

ex:  She definitely was sick last week.
ex:  She did not go to work that day.

PRACTICE

Find the adverb(s) in the following sentences:

1.  That monumental teddy bear was sitting in the front of the toy store.
2.  The turtle leisurely crossed the garden.
3.  The restaurant’s homemade spaghetti sauce taste almost perfect.
4.  The Chicago weather this winter will not be surprisingly cold.

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