Adjectives and Adverbs

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Adjectives
Size; Age; Shape; Colour; Origin; Material; Purpose + Noun Ex. It’s a fantastic small, new, round, red, Swiss, plastic, alarm clock.

Adverbs
Adverbs usually go after verbs but before adjectives. Ex. He speaks softly / He is usually right).

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Adverbs of Frequency
(e.g.: always, never, seldom, usually) Adverbs of frequency go directly before the main verb. If 'be' is the main verb and there is no auxiliary verb, adverbs of frequency are put behind 'be'. Ex. I often go swimming in the evenings.

Adverbs of Manner
(e.g.: slowly, carefully, awfully) These adverbs go after the direct object (or after the verb if there's no direct object). He’s driving his car carefully He’s driving carefully

Adverbs of Degree
(e. g.: absolutely, completely, totally) These adverbs go before an adjective, an adverb or a main verb, but after an auxiliary verb. Ex. This is totally unacceptable He has completely forgotten

Adverbs of time and place
(Ex. here, there, behind; recently, now) These adverbs usually go at the end of the sentence. Ex: She sang very well at the concert yesterday

If there’s more than one adverb in the same sentence, they come in the following order: Manner – place – time Ex: He was sitting comfortably at home yesterday... But, if there’s a verb of movement in the sentence, then the adverbs come in the following order: Place – manner – time Ex. He came to work by bus this morning

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