The adverb belongs to a word class that can modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs - in fact, anything except nouns.
This is something of a ragbag category because it contains words that behave quite differently from one another yet are still classified as adverbs.
There are adverbs that tell us how something is done. These are called adverbs of manner.
You can add "-ly" to the end of many adjectives and turn them into adverbs.
Non-English speakers often put the adverb in a slot where it is not permitted in English.
She wrote slowly the letter.
When five-year-old children extend their written work in response to a teacher's questions, they usually add adverbs.
I went to Te Anau. Yesterday I went to Te Anau.
Summary of Terms
|adverb||adverb of manner|
|adverb of time||adverb of place|
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Published on: 25 Feb 2009