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    • 1. a word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word group, expressing a relation of place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree, etc. (e.g., gently, quite, then, there): "students are encouraged to pare back adjectives and adverbs in order to let the action present itself"
  2. What is an adverb? Adverbs are words that usually modify—that is, they limit or restrict the meaning of—verbs. They may also modify adjectives, other adverbs, phrases, or even entire sentences. An adverb answers the question when?, where?, how?, how much?, how long?, or how often?: The elections are coming soon. They only shopped locally.

    • Adverb Examples
    • Adverbs and Verbs
    • Adverbs and Adjectives
    • Adverbs and Other Adverbs
    • Adverbs and Sentences
    • Degrees of Comparison
    • Placement of Adverbs
    • When to Avoid Adverbs

    Adverbs are easy to recognize because they usually end in –ly, but not always. Some of the most common adverb examples include: 1. really, very 2. well,badly 3. today, yesterday, everyday, etc. 4. sometimes, often, rarely, etc. 5. early, late, soon, etc. 6. here, there, everywhere, etc.

    Adverbs often modify verbs. This means that they describe the way an action is happening. The adverb in each of the sentences above answers the question In what manner? How does Huan sing? Loudly. How does my cat wait? Impatiently. How will I consider your suggestion? Seriously. Adverbs can answer other types of questions about how an action was pe...

    Adverbs can also modify adjectives. An adverb modifying an adjective generally adds a degree of intensity or some other kind of qualification to the adjective.

    You can use an adverb to describe another adverb. In the following sentence, the adverb almost is modifying the adverb always (and they’re both modifying the adjective right): In fact, if you wanted to, you could use several adverbs to modify another adverb. However, that often produces weak and clunky sentences like the one above, so be careful no...

    Some adverbs can modify entire sentences—unsurprisingly, these are called sentence adverbs. Common ones include generally,fortunately,interestingly, and accordingly. Sentence adverbs don’t describe one particular thing in the sentence—instead, they describe a general feeling about all of the information in the sentence. At one time, the use of the ...

    Like adjectives, many adverbs can show degrees of comparison, although it’s slightly less common to use them this way. With certain flat adverbs (adverbs that look exactly the same as their adjective counterparts), the comparative and superlativeforms look the same as the adjective comparative and superlative forms. It’s usually better to use stron...

    In general, adverbs should be placed as close as possible to the words they are intended to modify. Putting the adverb in the wrong spot can produce an awkward sentence at best and completely change the meaning at worst. Consider the difference in meaning between the following two sentences: The first sentence is correct if it’s meant to communicat...

    Ernest Hemingway is often held up as an example of a great writer who detested adverbs and advised other writers to avoid them. In reality, it’s impossible and unnecessary to avoid adverbs altogether. Sometimes we need them, and all writers (even Hemingway) use them occasionally. The trick is to avoid superfluous adverbs. When your verb or adjectiv...

  3. Adverbs. Adverbs are one of the four major word classes, along with nouns, verbs and adjectives. We use adverbs to add more information about a verb, an adjective, another adverb, a clause or a whole sentence and, less commonly, about a noun phrase. …. Adverbs: uses.

  4. a word or group of words that serves to modify a whole sentence, a verb, another adverb, or an adjective; for example, probably, easily, very, and happily respectively in the sentence They could probably easily envy the very happily married couple. ( as modifier): an adverb marker.

  5. noun a word that modifies something other than a noun see more noun the word class that qualifies verbs or clauses see more Pronunciation US /ˌædˈvərb/ UK /ˈædvəb/ Cite this entry Style: MLA "Adverb." Dictionary,, Accessed 16 Feb. 2024. Copy citation

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