What is an adverb? An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
Adverbs often end with the suffix – ly. quickly ran extremely small really blonde hair Not ALL adverbs end in –ly and not all words that end in –ly are adverbs.
Adverbs may come before, after, or between the words they modify.
Examples: He slowly creeps down the stairs. (slowly modifies the verb creeps) I can truly imagine that story. (truly modifies verb phrase can imagine) Close the door immediately. (immediately modifies verb close)
We use adverbs to: give more information about a verb, an adjective, or another adverb, and to make our writing more interesting.
When an adverb modifies a verb: quickly gathers briefly explains often goes extremely fast
When an adverb modifies an adjective: really cute extremely tall too long very young
When an adverb modifies another adverb: very quickly so rapidly almost always
In a sentence, an adverb tells: Where? When? How? How often? How long? To what extent? How much?
Where? Word examples - here, there, away, up, outside Come here! Put the package there. Just go away.
When? Word examples: now, then, later, after, soon, ago Let’s go now. I will call you later.
How? Word examples - easily, quickly, slowly I shut the door softly. She easily cooked the meal.
How often? or How long? Word examples - never, frequently, always, often, usually He always brushes his teeth. I do not usually lie.
To What Extent? or How much? Word examples - very, hardly, really, most, nearly She is a very smart girl. I really love you.
Adverb Phrases An adverb phrase is a prepositional phrase used to modify a verb, adjective, or adverb. It tells where or when.
We walk along the lake every Saturday. along the lake tells us where we walk
After swimming lessons, Aunt Kate drove us home. After swimming lessons tells us when the drove us
TOTD 1.She will quietly tiptoe from the stage. 2.Panama City Beach definitely gives tourists the feel of beach life. 3.Another very popular hobby is skateboarding. 4.I never complain to my teacher. 5.Nearby, the woman designs beautiful candlesticks. 6.The country later became an independent republic. 7.My neighbor is usually in the yard.
Checkpoint 1.Softly, I shut my door. 2.Carrie always reads science fiction novels. 3.An owl hooted very late last night. 4.He sarcastically commented to the teacher. 5.The lemonade was too sour. 6.Josh actually hates cats. 7.I am not going to the store.