What Are Adverbs?

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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

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