Adverbs are used to modify verbs.

A verb contains the action: running; writing; shouting; crying.

An adverb helps describe the action: running quickly; writing clearly; shouting loudlysoftly crying.

An adverb can also add more information to another adverb:  

Adverbs are also used to modify adjectives.

Remember: A noun is a thing: a flower.

An adjective adds information to the thing: a red flower.

An adverb can modify an adjective: A bright red flower.

-- They should be kept to a minimum --

Transfer Test adverbs overuse?

 

Quite often, but not always, adverbs end with –ly.

 

Adverbs typically express manner, place, time, frequency, degree, level of certainty, etc., answering questions such as how?; in what way?; when?; where? and to what extent?


This appears in the transfer test in the form of a question where we have to identify the type of word from a sentence.

 

Transfer Test sample question on adverbs

Image: Sample Question on Adverbs

[hint: 'completely' is an adverb as it describes the verb, 'agree'. 'today's' is an adjective]

 

 


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