- Types of Adverbs
- Comparison of Adverbs
- Forming Adverbs
An adverb can be a word (incredibly) or a phrase (last night) that describes or modifies a verb, an adjective or another adverb, and sometimes a sentence, but not a noun or a pronoun.
- I dreamed about you last night. (Adverb: last night; verb: dreamed)
- The monster was incredibly ugly. (Adverb: incredibly; adjective: ugly)
- The heart patient collapsed quite suddenly. (Adverb: suddenly; Adverb: quite)
- Fortunately, we were in time to buy the last tickets. (Adverb: fortunately modifying a sentence)
In many sentences, the adverb comes after the verb.
- He called yesterday.
- The train will arrive soon.
- He strove hard to reach the top.
- The patient is sleeping soundly.
Unlike adjectives, adverbs do not modify nouns.
Correct: That woman has a beautiful daughter. (Adjective)
Incorrect: That woman has a beautifully daughter. (Adverb)
Correct: He found the exam quite hard. (Adjective)
Incorrect: He found the exam quite hardly. (Adverb)
Correct: We heard a loud explosion and then saw thick smoke. (Adjective)
Incorrect: We heard a loudly explosion and then saw thickly smoke. (Adverb)
Some adverbs and adjectives share the same word. Examples of such words include far, hard, and long.
- I got a pair of shoes cheap in the sale. (Adverb)
I got a cheap pair of shoes in the sale. (Adjective)
- We don't live far away from here. (Adverb)
Where we live isn't far from here. (Adjective)
- She worked quite hard. (Adverb)
She found the work quite hard. (Adjective)
- If we exercise regularly, we may live longer. (Adverb)
If we exercise regularly, we may live a longer life. (Adjective)
- You have written the name wrong. (Adverb)
You have written the wrong name. (Adjective)