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An adverb can modify a verb, an adjective, another adverb, a

phrase or a clause. An adverb indicates manner, time, place, cause, or
degree and answers questions such as how, when, where, and how
• Could you speak loudly, please?
• The young athlete runs very fast.
• I think this food is too hot for my tongue.
The functions of adverb can be categorized based on the questions
they answer.
A. Adverbs of manner answer the question ‘how’. This adverb usually
comes after the direct object or if there is no direct object, after
the verb:
• The child can answer all the questions well.
• The teacher has explained the topic clearly.
• You should always chew the food slowly first before you swallow it.
B. Adverbs of degree answer the question ‘to what extent’.
This adverb can modify an adverb or an adjective and comes
before the word it modifiers:
• The water was extremely cold in winter.
• The woman is old enough to deliver a baby.
• They should be able to pass their exams quite easily.
The following adverbs of degree can also modify verbs: almost,
nearly, quite, hardly, scarcely, barely, and just. They follow the same
pattern as frequency adverbs in terms of where they are placed:
• I quite understand.
• We had almost reached the hut when the rain started.
• I just beginning a new course.
C. Adverbs of time answer the question ‘when’ and ‘how long’. This
adverb usually comes either at the very beginning of the sentence or at
the end.
• My grandparents came last night and will stay for weeks in Medan.
• Later he gave me the information needed.
• Afterwards we decided to go by car.
Note: yet and still: yet should be placed at the end of the sentence.
Still should be placed before the verb, except with the verb ‘to be’
when it comes after.
• We haven’t started yet.
• He still wears old-fashioned clothes.
• She is still a student.

Compare these two sentence:

• The train still hasn’t arrived.
• The train hasn’t arrived yet.
D. Adverbs of frequency answer the question ‘how often’ and ‘how many times’ . This
adverb comes after the verb ‘to be’ , before simple tenses of all other verb, and after
the first auxiliary in a tense consisting of more than one verb:

• She is always honest.

• They sometimes spend the whole of Saturday fishing.
• I have often wondered how they did that.
• I can sometimes go without food for days.
Note : With ‘used to’ and ‘have’ the frequency adverb is usually placed
in front :
• We always used to look forward to the school holidays.
• He never has any trouble with his old car.
E. Adverbs of place answer the question where. This adverb usually
comes after the object, otherwise after the verb :

• Come here !
• We should not argue too much and move forwards to solve this
problem .
• He looked everywhere, hoping to see his girlfriend in the crowd .

F. Adverb of certainly answer the question ‘how certain or sure’

• He willprobably come before lunch .
• He has certainly forgotten you .
• Undoubtedly, she will make a good mother .
a. Most adverbs are formed by adding ‘-ly’ to an adjective for example :
quiet – quietly, quick –quickly, serious –seriously, careful – carefully, etc .
b. Adjectives ending in ‘-le’ change to ‘-ly’- for example : possible –
possibly, probable- probably, incredible –incredibly, etc .
c. Adjectives ending in ‘-y’change to ‘-ily’ .for example : lucky – luckily,
happy – happily, angry – angrily, heavy – heavily, etc .
d. Adjectives ending in ‘-ic’ change to ‘-ically’- for example : basic –
basically, ironic – ironically, scientific – scientifically, etc .
e. Some adverbs have irregular form
Adjective Adverb
Good Well
Early Early
Fast Fast
Hard Hard
High High
Late Late
Near Near
Straight Straight
Wrong Wrong
With adverbs ending in –ly,
use more for the comparative and most for the superlative .

Positive Comparative Superlative

Patiently More patiently Most patiently

Wisely More wisely Most wisely

happily More happily Most happily

Some adverbs have irregular comparative forms

Positive Comparative Superlative

Far Farther /Further Farthest/Furthest

Well Better Best

Badly Worse Worst
Conjunctive adverbs are adverbs used to join two clauses together.
Some of the most common conjuctive adverbs are
next,otherwise,then,therefore,and thus. A conjunctive adverb is not
strong enough to join two independent clauses without the aid of a
• She did not have all the ingredients needed to make the cake;
therefore, she decided to make something else
• The passenger had waited patiently for five hours; finally, the plane
was ready to take off.
• The board has decided to reject her proposal; however, she keeps
running her plan.
Like adjectives, adverbs have three comparative forms, namely:
positive, comparative,and superlative to indicate greater of lesser
degrees of the characteristics described.In general, comparative and
superlative forms of adverbs are the same as for adjective.
To form comparative and superlative of adverbs,add –er and –est to
end of short adverbs.