Parts of Speech - Adverbs
Adverbs are words that modify (1) verbsVerbs show action or state of being. Most verbs are action words, but a few verbs indicate state of being or existence.
Source: Lesson 1, (2) adjectivesAdjectives modify or affect the meaning of nouns and pronouns and tell us which, whose, what kind, and how many about the nouns or pronouns they modify.
Source: Lesson 31, 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.
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)
Instructions: Find the adverbs in the following sentences and what they tell us.
1. Paul answered the question quickly.
- quickly (how)
2. The answer was given too softly.
- too (how much)
- softly (how)
3. I soon understood what he said yesterday.
- soon (when)
- yesterday (when)
4. Becky and Pam wanted to know then and there.
- then (when)
- there (where)
5. Why do we misunderstand others so often?
- Why (why)
- so (how much)
- often (when)