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LESSON 27 ADVERBS
 
Since there has been some confusion about adverbs, I think we need a few more lessons about adverbs. We need to memorize what adverbs tell us and what they modify. We must always remember this basic information to handle them correctly.

Adverbs are words that modify (1) verbs, (2) adjectives, and (3) other adverbs. They tell how (manner), when (time), where (place), how much (degree), and why (cause). Why is a common one-word adverb that tells why. Adverbs that tell us how, when, where, and why always modify the verb. Adverbs that tell us how much modify adjectives or other adverbs. These adverbs are also called qualifiers because they strengthen or weaken the words they modify.


are words that modify (1) verbs, (2) adjectives, and (3) other adverbs. They tell (manner), (time), (place), (degree), and (cause). is a common one-word adverb that tells why. Adverbs that tell us and always modify the verb. Adverbs that tell us modify adjectives or other adverbs. These adverbs are also called because they strengthen or weaken the words they modify.

 

Examples: He kicked the ball solidly. (how); He kicked the ball immediately. (when); He kicked the ball forward. (where); He kicked the ball too hard. (how much).

 

The following sentences have adverbs that tell us how, and they modify the verb. Find the adverbs in these sentences and tell what they modify.


 

1. Joe was frantically mumbling to the 911 operator.
2. The message was secretly hidden in the cushion.
3. The room was decorated beautifully for the wedding.
4. The spy readily accepted the new assignment.
5. He was carefully disguised but captured quickly by police.



 

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1. frantically modifying the verb was mumbling
2. secretly modifying the verb was hidden
3. beautifully modifying the verb was decorated
4. readily modifying the verb accepted
5. carefully modifying the verb was disguised and quickly modifying the verb was captured (was is a helping verb to both main verbs)


 

 


- Adverbs

These sentences have adverbs that tell us when, and they modify the verb. Find the adverbs and tell what they modify.


 

1. As the car caught fire, he jumped immediately from it.
2. Daily I go to the gym for exercise.
3. The campfire was glowing later to our surprise.
4. We will now finish the assignment.
5. The work will be done tomorrow.



 

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1. immediately modifying the verb jumped
2. daily modifying the verb go
3. later modifying the verb was glowing
4. now modifying the verb will finish
5. tomorrow modifying the verb will be done


 


- Adverbs

These sentences have adverbs that tell us where, and they modify the verb. Find these adverbs and tell what they modify.


 

1. The fighter moved forward to meet his opponent.
2. There went the boy for some fun.
3. Sit here in this comfortable chair.
4. We are playing outside.
5. Where have you been?



 

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1. forward modifying the verb moved
2. there modifying the verb went
3. here modifying the verb sit
4. outside modifying the verb are playing
5. where modifying the verb have been


 

 

 


- Adverbs

These sentences have adverbs that tell us how much, and they modify adjectives. List the adverbs and what they modify.


 

1. Ila is an unusually good cook.
2. Jeff is very hungry.
3. We all want a perfectly just government.
4. The Internet is an entirely modern concept.
5. These sentences are extremely brief ones.



 

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1. unusually modifying the adjective good
2. very modifying the adjective hungry
3. perfectly modifying the adjective just
4. entirely modifying the adjective modern
5. extremely modifying the adjective brief


 

 


- Adverbs

These sentences have adverbs that tell us how much, and they modify other adverbs. List those adverbs and what they modify.


 

1. The carpenter worked somewhat cautiously.
2. The project was moving rather slowly.
3. The amusement ride was much too fast for me to try.
4. The program lasted much too long for Paul.
5. Halloween was too far away for little Jim.



 

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1. somewhat modifying the adverb cautiously which modifies the verb
worked

2. rather modifying the adverb slowly which modifies the verb was moving


modifying the adverb which modifies the verb

3. much modifying the adverb too which modifies the adjective fast
4. much modifying the adverb too which modifies the adjective long
5. too modifying the adverb far, and far modifying the adverb away which modifies the verb was


 

 

Quiz

Find the adverbs and tell what they modify in the following sentences.

 

1. After the hike my muscles were extremely tired and very sore.
2. Yesterday I had hardly completed my very hard assignment when I was rudely interrupted.
3. Gradually everyone reached the top of the mountain they had climbed before.
4. Just now he remembered his rather important assignment.
5. Often you go too far with your jokes.



 

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1. extremely modifies the adjective tired, and very modifies the adjective sore
2. yesterday and hardly modify the verb had completed, very modifies the adjective hard, and rudely modifies the verb was interrupted
3. gradually modifies the verb reached, and before modifies the verb had climbed
4. just modifies the adverb now, now modifies the verb remembered, and rather modifies the adjective important
5. often modifies the verb go, too modifies the adverb far, and far modifies the verb go


 

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