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Skill Focus: Identifying and using adverbs
Adverbs are words that modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs.
- a verb eg She walked slowly. (How did she walk?)
- an adjective eg He drove a very fast car. (How fast was his car?)
- another adverb eg It moved quite slowly down the mountainside. (How slowly did it move?)
Adverbs often tell when, where, why, or under what conditions something happens or happened. Adverbs usually end in -ly; however, many words and phrases not ending in -ly serve an adverbial function and an -ly ending is not a guarantee that a word is an adverb.
Comparative and superlative forms of adverbs
Most adverbs form the comparative using more and the superlative using most:
Some adverbs are irregular in the formation of comparatives and superlatives:
BBC Skillswise: www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/adverbs
English zone: www.english-zone.com/grammar/pos-adv
Writing Centre: www.writingcentre.uottawa.ca/hypergrammar/adverbs
Adverbs quiz: www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/adverbs/adverbs
Primary resources: www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/PC_adverb4