English Grammar 101: Adverbs
Adverbs are used to describe or modify a verb, adjective, clause, or another adverb. Basically, they modify everything except nouns and pronouns (which are modified by adjectives).
Example of an adverb modifying a verb:
He was running fast. (fast modifies running)
Example of an adverb modifying an adjective:
She took a very small piece of the cake. (very modifies small)
Example of an adverb modifying a sentence:
Strangely, the man left the room. (strangely modifies the whole sentence)
Usually adverbs answer to the questions “When?” (adverbs of time), “Where?” (adverbs of place), and “How?” (adverbs of manner).
Adverbs can also be used to connect clauses and sentences (in this case they are called conjunctive adverbs). For example:
It was dark. Therefore, we needed the torch. (therefore connects the two sentences)
Here are some quotations with adverbs appearing on newspapers:
… or TV-watching habits. But he has also said he wants to closely monitor the information the president consumes, quickly counter dubious news stories with verified facts, and limit the posse of people urging Mr. Trump to tweet … (www.nytimes.com)
… with it, on social media, were you to mock women or a certain race, or elderly people with poor memories. But it is, strangely, acceptable to mock and demonise teenagers. As a society, we don’t like it that our children, who used to do … (www.theguardian.com)
… Mountains dominating the landscape to the west. Sharon tells me that sometimes she’ll be driving into town when she suddenly realises that the mountains are to the north and she’ll know that her world has flipped. Then we fly past the … (www.theguardian.com)
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