Teaching Grammar: Adverbs and Word Order


What’s an adverb? 

An adverb can modify a verb, an adjective, another adverb, a phrase, or a clause. An adverb indicates manner, time, place, cause, or degree and answers questions such as “how,” “when,” “where,” “how much”.

  • He drives his car slowly (An adverb can modify a verb)
  • He  drives a very slow car ( An adverb can modify an anjective)
  • His car is quite fast ( Adverbs can modify another adverb)
  • I did not put it there (  An adverb indicates manner, time, place, cause, or degree )
  • Press the button now. (  An adverb indicates manner, time, place, cause, or degree )
  • The girl spoke in a whisper (An adverb can modify a phrase,or a clause)
  • He ran yesterday. (Adverbs answer questions such as “how,” “when,” “where,” “how much”)
  • He ran here. (Adverbs answer questions such as “how,” “when,” “where,” “how much”)
  • He ran quickly. (Adverbs answer questions such as “how,” “when,” “where,” “how much”)

Related Articles

Adverbs 101 ( mainstreet1823.wordpress.com )

Adverbs ( grammar.ccc.commnet.edu)

Frequency Adverbs  (learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)

Adverbs (oxforddictionaries.com)

Adverbs (bbc.co.uk)

Adverbs of manner (learnenglish.britishcouncil.org)

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