Sunday, November 28, 2010


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.

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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