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What is an Adverb? Grammar Review


Adverbs Explained American English

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What is an Adverb? Grammar Review

An adverb is one of “The Eight Parts” of the English language. An adverb modifies or describes an adjective, a verb or another adverb. Adverbs are also called modifiers.

Adverbs help express manner, place, time or degree. Sentence adverbs can modify an entire sentence. Adverbs can also modify or change phrases. Adverbs are one of the most important parts of English to study.

Here are some adverb examples.

Adverbs are in bold type.

Are you a really happy person?

I think so. I am always very cheerful.

Is it super hot in the summer where you live?

Yes, extremely warm!

Are you riding the red bus today?

Yes and tomorrow as well!

More adverb examples.

Isn’t it so beautiful outside?

Yes, the sky is very blue today!

Is London always a friendly city?

Yes, it is a fun city now.

Has she ever been married?

Yes, she has been married twice.

Here is the vocabulary bank definitions.

Adverb: An adverb modifies an adjective, verb or another adverb.

Phrase: Two or more words used commonly.

Modifier: A word that changes the meaning of another word.

Extremely: Compare to very, very, very.

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Adverb Everyday Dialog.

An adverb modifies or describes-
-an adjective, a verb or another adverb.
Personally, I think adverbs are probably-
-the most important part of English.
Because it’s usually the last part of-
-English most students learn thoroughly.
In other words.
Why do we use adverbs?
Adverbs do a lot of things.
Look! An adverb modifies-
-or describes an adjective-
-a verb or another adverb.
That’s a lot.
It does a lot of different things.
We use adverbs to help us with-
-time and many different things.
Adverbs are also called modifiers.
Adverbs help express manner-
-place time or degree.
In other words.
How much. Right?
A degree. It’s a very hot in here.
I could say, Oh! It’s hot in here.
But, if I added “very”.
“Very” Is adding a degree.
In other words, intensity. Right?
Sentence adverbs can-
-modify an entire sentence.
Adverbs can also modify-
-or change phrases.
Adverbs are one of the-
-most important parts-
-of English to study.
As I mentioned.
Here are a few examples.
Can you find the adverbs?
Are you a really happy person?
If I just said-
Hey! Are you a happy person?
It’s okay.
Nothing wrong with that.
But, I want to emphasize-
-just a little bit. Yes?
Hey? Are you a “really” happy person?
I think so.
I am always very cheerful.
You see?
And I did the same thing there.
I could say. Yeah!
I’m always cheerful.
Or I could say.
Yes! I’m always very cheerful.
Now, one important thing-
-about adverbs and the-
-way I’m using them here.
We have to be careful sometimes.
Because we have what’s-
-called collocations.
What is a collocation?
A collocation is two or more words-
-commonly used in the English language.
Why is that important?
Well, because, sometimes, adverbs-
-like all words-
-can mean different things.
Sometimes, it’s not correct-
-to use a certain word combination.
So, collocations are all about-
-using what is considered-
-the most common way-
-or several common ways-
-to put words together-
-as a combination.
So, In this example, I have-
-Are you a really happy person?
I could put.
Are you a very happy person?
I could do that.
But “very” might be considered-
-a little bit on the neutral side.
Not so much positive.
I could do that as well. So.
I think so.
I am always a very cheerful.
I could say.
I am always.
So cheerful.
You see something like that.
Is it super hot in the-
-summer where you live?
Yes! Extremely warm.
Now one of the fun parts of adverbs.
I don’t really need adverbs-
-to form a sentence.
In other words-
-we put them in to help us-
-more clearly describe something.
Or explain let’s say.
So. Is it super hot in the summer?
I can take out the word super.
You see it goes right-
-before the adjective.
Hot, cold, tall, short. So.
It is or is it super hot?
I could say.
Hey! Is it hot in the summer?
Yes! It is.
But now, I want to know.
Is it really, really hot?
Is it really hot in the summer?
Or? Is it super hot?
Now. Don’t forget!
We have intensifying adjectives.
And we have intensifying adverbs.
Some adverbs can mean just-
-a little more or a little less.
Or a lot! Right?
So. Is it super hot?
Yes! Extremely warm!
And the other way to look at adverbs.
When we use them to intensify.
Or, let’s say-
-make a an adjective less-
-important or or less intensifying-
-is when we look at how words are-
-used in terms of combinations.
Again, collocations.
I could say.
Yes! It is extremely warm.
But, extremely warm, might mean-
to some people hot!
I could say.
Yes! It’s hot in the summer.
Are you riding the Red Bus today?
Yes! And tomorrow as well.
Today and tomorrow are adverbs.
And you see.
I don’t need.
I don’t need adverbs-
-to form a sentence.
I need adverbs to clearly-
-communicate when. Right?
When are we talking.
We’re talking about today-
-tomorrow, next week, whenever. So.
In those examples today-
-and tomorrow are both adverbs.
Here are a few more adverb examples.
Hey! Can you find them?
Isn’t it so beautiful outside?
That’s pretty easy right?
“Beautiful” is an adjective.
“So” is an intensifying adverb.
Yes! The sky is very blue today.
I could say.
Yeah! The sky’s blue.
Very simple. Right?
But in this case.
I’m using this is an-
-important one here.
Because, yes the sky is very.
And today. So.
“Today” is a time adverb.
And “very” is an intensifying adverb.
So the sky.
Yes, the sky, is very blue.
Blue is a noun and an adjective, by the way.
It is a blue sky.
And today I’m feeling blue.
Sometimes, we use the word blue-
-for pills. Yes?
Something like that.
Is London always a friendly city?
Yes! It’s a fun city now. So.
“Always”
We learn “always” when we start-
-to learn present simple. Right?
Always, never ever.
Stuff like that.
And yeah! It’s a fun city now.
I put in “now” because-
-maybe it wasn’t fun before.
But, it is now.
Has she ever been married?
Yes! She has been married twice! So.
“Ever”.
“Ever” is an adverb.
Has she ever?
It means, in her lifetime. Right?
Yes! She has been married twice.
So “twice” is also an adverb.
Once, twice, three times.
Those are all adverbs.
Here are some word definitions-
-that I can help you with.
Hey? Do you know these words?
“Adverb”
We just talked. Right?
An adverb is a word that modifies.
It’s a word that modifies-
-an adjective, verb or-
-another adverb.
“Phrase”
Two or more words commonly-
-used in the English language.
“Modifier”
Well it’s something that changes-
-another word, maybe a phrase-
-something like that.
The word extremely is an adverb.
and extremely means very, very, very.
Some students at the early-
-stages of English-
-want to use “very” for everything.
Because, it’s easy.
It’s very, very cold.
It’s very, very, very cold.
But, wouldn’t it be better-
-if we learned a new word-
-like extremely?