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Adverb grammar lesson. This lesson is about adverbs. Take a look at these sentences

She sings beautifully.
He felt poorly after he fell from the stairs.


The words that are underlined are adverbs. In this lesson I'm going to show you what adverbs exactly are, the different types of adverbs, how to form an adverbs, how to place an adverbs in a sentence and the exceptions. I'm going to take you through the most common exceptions, not all. Now what are adverbs? Adverbs add extra information to a verb. For example:

He arrived home safely.

Safely here says something about arriving we could also say he arrived home early and here early would be an adverb. It also comments on an adjective. Remember an adjective says someting about a noun.

She wore a brightly coloured dress.

Dress in this sentence is a noun. Coloured here is an adjective because it says something about the dress but brightly says something about the way it was coloured.
We could also say she that she wore a pink coloured dress and then pink would be an adverb. It also says something about other at adverbs. For example:

She did her job fairly well.


Well says something about the manner in which she did her job and fairly says
something about well, we could also say she did her job reasonably well. An adverbs also says something about a sentences or a clause.

Honestly I feel very ill.


Here the adverbs comments on the entire sentence there are many different types of adverbs, First there are adverbs of manner, these adverbs say someting about how it happens.

He looked at me carefully.

We could also say he looked at me slowly it says something about the way he
looked at me.

The museum will slowly go bankrupt

not quickly, slowly.

He plays football well


There are also adverbs of place, where does it happen.

My keys must be somewhere.

Here somewhere is an adverb. There they are or here they are. These are adverbs.

We had to travel quite far.

There are also adverbs of time when doesn't happen. Finaly, which means in the end,
he managed to grow a beard.
He eventually came home.
He rang her immediately after he had heard the news.

There are also adverbs of frequency, how often does it happen.

I always brush my teeth before going to bed.
She's often late for work.
My aunt never rings me on my birthday.

Other types of adverbs of frequency are, sometimes or regularly. Now we also have
adverbs of degree in what way does it happen.

He arrived home fairly late.
This cake can be made quite easily and they are definitely right.


Finally sentence adverbs, they comment on an entire sentence or a clause.
Frankly I'm fed up with you.
The child clearly wanted some ice cream.
He loved her very much obviously.
Usually but not always as you can see in the second sentence, these adverbs can be found at the beginning or at the end of a sentence. Now how do we form an adverb?

Please note that there is a clear difference in form between an adverb and an
adjective. Remember an adjective says something about a noun. To form an adverb, we usually take an adjective and we add -ly to this adjective.
We quickly packed our bags and left.
They don't normally sell these shoes.


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