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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:
Adverbs were tested in 2012 NAPLAN Language Conventions Year 3
The question is asking which word is an adverb.
The answer has been highlighted. The word safely tells us how the action (getting into the pool) was done.
Adverbs were tested in 2012 NAPLAN Language Conventions Year 5
The answer has been highlighted. The word lazily tells us how the action (shuffling along the rocky bush path) was done.
Adverbs were tested in 2012 NAPLAN Language Conventions Year 7 Q54 and Year 9 Q44
The answer has been highlighted.
Only the second sentence has the correct form of the adverb. The correct form of the adverbs in the other three sentences:
- Jan arrived late to the chess club.
- Ben pulled at the string slowly so it did not break.
- Cass grabbed her bag and ran to the shops as quickly as she could.
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