Sunday, November 28, 2010

Adverbs


An Adverb is a word which modifies or adds to the meaning of a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
Adverbs may be divided, according to their use, into the following classes:-

TIME – before, now, since, then, already, soon, seldom
Example:- We have met before
PLACE – here, there, everywhere, nowhere.
Example:- They came here yesterday.
MANNER – badly, easily, slowly, well.
Example:- The tall boy won easily.
DEGREE – almost, much, only, quite, very, rather
Example:- The old lady walked very slowly.
NUMBER – once, twice.
Example:- They ran twice round the playground.
QUESTIONING – where, when, how.
Example:- When did you see him?
AFFIRMATION and NEGATION – yes, certainly, no, not
Example:- She can certainly swim.
I have not read the book
(Many adverbs are often used as connecting words and therefore become conjunctions.)
NOTE – The majority of Adverbs are formed from corresponding Adjectives by adding –ly, e.g. quickly, bravely, seriously, happily, clearly, slowly, quietly, angrily, fatally, suitably.



Examples:
Dinner will soon be ready. (time)
There lay the object of our search. (place)
The man walked slowly across the field. (manner)
The apples were quite good. (degree)
I once saw an eagle kill a rabbit. (number)
Where did you find that knife? (questioning)
He can certainly boast about his adventures. (affirmation)
We did not go to the concert. (negation)

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