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Adverbs

Published: 06.02.2013, Updated: 05.03.2017
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Rugby UnionRugby Union, Wales v Scotland An adverb is a word that describes a verb and tells us something about the action in a sentence, WHEN, WHERE and HOW something is done. For example: He runs quickly. She eats slowly. We went to town yesterday. The book is here. Fortunately, the train was on time.

Can you think of some adverbs which tell something about the action in this picture? For example: He is running fast.

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running fast, happening now, moving quickly, tackling hard, holding the ball tightly, etc

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Do you remember the difference between an adjective and an adverb?

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An adjective is a word that describes a noun, something or someone, by stating information about looks, qualities, quantity, condition, emotions, time, taste and sound.

An adverb is a word that describes a verb (ad verb = to the verb) and tells us something about the action in a sentence.

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Watch the animation to find out how adverbs are formed and how they are used: Adverbs 

  1. Now try and make adverbs from the adjectives in this task: From Adjective to Adverb
  2. Adjective or adverb – choose the correct alternative: Task 39 (Adjective or Adverb)
  3. Adjective or adverb – write in the adjective or adverb: Adjective or Adverb 1
  4. Would you use an adjective or adverb in these sentences: Adjective or Adverb 2

 

Comparison of Adverbs

Adverbs like adjectives are used for comparison.  If an adverb compares two actions , it uses the comparative form, and when comparing more than two actions it uses the superlative form. Comparative: She runs faster than her sister. Superlative: She runs fastest of all.
Learn about comparison of adverbs here: Positive, Comparative and Superlative of Adverbs


Now try these tasks:

  1. Write the correct form of the adverb: Adverbs, Comparative or Superlative 1
  2. Adverbs, Comparative or Superlative 2

 

Fill in the Adverbs and Adjectives

Put the following adjectives and adverbs into the correct spaces in the text. Use each word once.
careful, carefully, dangerous, dangerously, safe, safely, careless, carelessly


The work in any workplace can be ……………….. if the safety rules are not followed ……………… A ……………… worker makes sure that everyone works …………………… A ………………… worker is a danger to himself and others. When you work ……………………… you can cause an accident.  You might come …………………………. close to a machine or a flame. Follow the safety rules and keep your workplace ………………

Suggested solution

The work in any workplace can be dangerous if the safety rules are not followed carefully. A careful worker makes sure that everyone works safely. A careless worker is a danger to himself and others. When you work carelessly you can cause an accident. You might come dangerously close to a machine or a flame. Follow the safety rules and keep your workplace safe.

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What Have You Learned About Adverbs?

Explain to your partner how to form adverbs and how to use them.