What Are Adverbs?
Adverbs modify verbs,
adjectives, and other
adverbs.
• Adverbs tell how, when, where, or to what
extent about the word it modifies.
• Liz ran swiftly. (Swiftly tells how she ran)
• Adverbs tell how, when, where, or to what
extent about the word it modifies.
• The Washington County Dog Show begins
tomorrow. (Tomorrow tells when the
show begins.)
• Adverbs tell how, when, where, or to what
extent about the word it modifies.
• Three carpenters are working upstairs.
(Upstairs tells where the carpenters are
working.)
• Adverbs tell how, when, where, or to what
extent about the word it modifies.
• My sand sculpture is nearly finished.
(Nearly tells to what extent the sand
sculpture is finished.)
• Many adverbs are formed by
adding the ending ly to adjectives.
• Examples:
• slowly
• quickly
• extremely
• usually
Pick out the adverbs in the
following sentences.
• 1. Some early settlers nearly died from
cold and hunger.
• nearly
• 2. The Challenger suddenly exploded in
midair.
• suddenly
• 3. Charles Goodyear accidently dropped
rubber onto a hot stove.
• accidently
• 4. Some homeless people sleep outside on
park benches.
• outside
• 5. Imagine flying away to a distant planet!
• away
• 6. Now people are taking steps to preserve
the earth’s resources.
• now
• 7. Jane Adams was a very dovoted social
worker.
• very
• 8. The gold miners headed north to Alaska.
• north
• 9. Mozart’s interest in music began early.
• early
• 10. Wonder Woman often used her magic
lasso to capture villians.
• often