Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lesson 5: Recognizing Adverbs

1. An ADVERB modifies a verb, adjective, another adverb, a verbal, a preposition, or a conjunction.

  • She sings BEAUTIFULLY. (Beautifully modifies the verb Sings.)
  • He is a VERY great man. (Very modifies the adjective Great.)
  • She smiled RATHER shyly. (Rather modifies the adverb Shyly.)
  • By working FAITHFULLY, he won success. (Faithfully modifies the gerund Working.)
  • The little girl, smiling HAPPILY, ran to meet her mother. (Happily modifies the participle Smiling.)
  • She has learned to sing MELODIOUSLY. (Melodiously modifies the infinitive To Sing.)
  • She came JUST before I left. (Just modifies the conjunction Before.)


2. Adverbs are divided into three classes. SIMPLE, INTERROGATIVE, and CONJUNCTION.

a.) A SIMPLE ADVERB is a simple modifier.

  • She spoke KINDLY.

b.) An INTERROGATIVE ADVERB is used in asking questions.

  • WHERE have you been?

c.) A CONJUNCTIVE ADVERB, also called as Relative Pronoun, is a modifier which is used to connect clauses.

  • I did not see you WHEN I came in.
  • WHILE I was cooking, the guests arrived.
  • I parked the car WHERE the shade was.



Find the adverbs in each sentence below.

1.) I was told to quietly leave the room.

2.) How did she survive the accident?

3.) We run a very big business in the city.

4.) Antonio has surely done an excellent job on the construction of the building.

5.) When the game was finally over, I left the stadium.

6.) Your narration of the accident really sounded very good.

7.) Justin found the book where I left it.

8.) As soon as mother arrived, father left.

9.) We greeted them when they entered the hall.

10.) This bread is too hard to be eaten.


~end of lesson~

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