In this post, I will come up with an idea of an ‘adverb’. You will find out a definition of an adverb along with the example sentences. Also, I will tell you how to identify an adverb within a sentence.
Learn About an Adverb
An adverb can be a word or a phrase which is used to modify or to describe a verb, an adjective or other adverb.
It gives more information about a verb, an adjective or other adverb.
1. He slowly clapped.
2. Reha smiles beautifully.
3. It strangely stared at me.
In the above examples, ‘slowly’, ‘beautifully’, and ‘strangely’ are used as an adverb. As I said above that adverbs modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs. In the above examples, all of the three adverbs are modifying the verbs ‘clapped’, ‘smiles’, and ‘stared’.
Note: Most of the adverbs (but not all) end in ‘-ly’. See some of the most common adverbs that are listed below and note that these adverbs end in –ly.
Adverbs in Example Sentences
Now, I will tell you how you can use adverbs to modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs. I will provide a few example sentences of adverbs modifying each part of speech (i.e. verb, adjective, and adverb).
1. My student reads loudly, which makes me confused sometimes.
> In the above example, the word ‘loudly’ is an adverb, which is used to modify the verb ‘reads’. This adverb ‘loudly’ is giving a clearer picture of the student who is reading.
2. The painting that I bought yesterday is extremely beautiful.
> In the above example, the word ‘extremely’ is used as an adverb, which is modifying the adjective ‘beautiful’. This adverb ‘extremely’ is providing a good description about the painting.
3. My sister plans amazingly fast.
> In the above example, the word ‘amazingly’ is an adverb, which is used to modify the other adverb, ‘fast’. This adverb ‘amazingly’ describes how fast the sister plans.
Note: Keep in mind! If an adverb is modifying an adjective or another adverb within a sentence, it must be placed just before the word it modifies. See the above examples 2 and 3 (i.e. ‘…extremely beautiful.’ and ‘…amazingly fast.’)
More about Adverbs
Adverbs can tell you when, where, how, and to what extent an action or something occurred.
1. I will give you my notes today. (When)
2. Right here, I have put my notes. (Where)
3. She happily came to visit me. (How)
4. We almost lost you. (To what extent)
Some of the examples of adverbs that tell when, where, how, and to what extent something occurred are listed below.
When > today, tomorrow, yesterday, usually, monthly, always, now, often, never, etc.
Where > everywhere, somewhere, out, in, inside, there, up, down, etc.
How > happily, peacefully, calmly, angrily, cheerfully, wrongly, etc.
To What Extent > enough, almost, very, too, quite, often, etc.
Note: ‘How’ are the adverbs of manner; ‘Where’ are the adverbs of place; ‘When’ are the adverbs of time.
Phrasal Adverbs: Some of the phrasal adverbs are listed below.
• Early morning
• Under the sea
• Like a sad song
• In the world
• To give you happiness
• Any time
• Whenever I remember
Hence, it is concluded that an adverb can be a word or a phrase which is used to modify or to describe a verb, an adjective or other adverb. Most of the adverbs end in ‘–ly’. Adverbs can tell you when, where, how, and to what extent something has been occurred.