English Topic 23 - Adverbs


Adverbs are commonly tested in 11 plus English exams.

Adverbs modify (add to) the verbs in sentences.

Adverbs tell you: HOW, WHEN and WHERE about the verb. (They can also qualify adjectives and another adverb to tell you the extent of it.)

Examples:

The youngest child in the choir sang beautifully. (‘beautifully’ tells you more about HOW the child ‘sang’)

Sonia ran quickly round the racetrack. (‘quickly’ tells you more about how HOW Sonia ‘ran’)

That is quite disgusting. (‘quite’ tells you more about HOW ‘disgusting’)

The film we saw was more interesting than the earlier version. (‘more’ tells you more about HOW ‘interesting’)

I sat my exam today. (‘today’ tells you WHEN about the verb ‘sat’)

I never eat toffees. (‘never’ tells you WHEN about the verb ‘eat’)

In summer, I eat my lunch outdoors. (‘outdoors’ tells you WHERE the verb ‘eat’ took place)

Ben searched everywhere for his gloves. (‘everywhere’ tells you WHERE the verb ‘searched’ took place)

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