Adverbs tend to be the forgotten part of speech. It is easy to pick the noun and verb but when it comes to the adverb some people don't even give it a thought. Well, adverbs are as important to a sentence as are adjectives, in giving our language the colour and meaning that it has. Here are some ways that you can identify adverbs.

An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb by making its meaning more specific.Modifying verbs: She ran 'quickly. Modifying adjectives: She is 'very' talented and 'extremely' diligent. Modifying adverbs: She 'almost' always runs 'quite' fast.

Adverbs tell How, when, where, and to what degree. How: Play this section 'softly' and 'sweetly'. When: I got your letter 'yesterday'. Where: The wagon train headed 'west'. To what degree: This trailing is 'dangerously' rickety.

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Position of Adverbs: An adverb that is modifying a bverb can sometimes be placed in different positions in relation to the verb. An adverb that modifies an adjective or another adverb, however, must immediately precede the word it modifies. Modifying a verb: 'Generally' we eat at six. We 'generally eat at six. We eat at six 'generally'. Modifying an adjective: The soup was 'definitely' lukewarm. Modifying an adverb: We 'almost' never have dessert.

Negative words as adverbs: The word 'not' and the contraction 'n't' are adverbs. Certain adverbs of time, place, and degree also have negative meanings. Examples: The colour did(n't) fade. That dye 'hardly ever' fades. If correctly set, this dye 'never' fades. The tints can 'barely' be distinguished. There are 'no' undyed patches. We can'not' complain about the colour.

Adverbs that compare. Some adverbs, like adjectives, have different forms to indicate degree of comparison. Positive: sat near. Comparative: sat nearer. Superlative: sat nearest. Positive: talks slowly. Comparative: talks more slowly. Superlative: talks most slowly.


  • Positive = 1, comparative = 2, superlative = 3 or more.


  • Don't double up on comparatives
  • eg (more better) it's either more or better

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