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Parts of Speech
Chapter 5  - Adverbs

We have seen that an adjective is a word that gives more information about a noun or pronoun.  An adverb is usually defined as a word that gives more information about a verb, an adjective or another adverbAdverbs describe verbs, adjectives and adverbs in terms of such qualities as time, frequency and manner.  In the sentence Sue runs fast, fast describes how or the manner in which Sue runs.  In the sentence Sue runs very fast, very describes the adverb fast and gives information about how fast Sue runs.

Most, but not all adverbs end in -ly as in  But not all words that end in -ly are adverbs (ugly is an adjective, supply and reply can both be nouns or verbs). Many times an adjective can be made into an adverb by adding -ly as in nicely, quickly, completely, sincerely.

Adverbs of time tell when something happens and adverbs of frequency tell how often something happens.  Below are some common  adverbs of time and frequency which you should learn:
Adverbs of Time
Adverbs of Frequency
Do it now.I always do my homework
I will see you then.We sometimes get confused.
They will be here soon.He usually gets good grades.
I can't meet you today.I never went skiing.
Let's go tomorrow.She rarely eats a big breakfast.
They told me yesterday.He was once on TV.
Have you traveled recently?He saw the movie twice.

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Pop Quiz for Chapter 5


1) Adverbs are most often used to give more information about

subjects verbs questions nouns prepositions 

2)  Which kind of word can an adverb describe?
pronoun preposition adjective conjunction article

3)  Which contains an adverb?
full house three women was dirty very funny early morning

4)  Which contains an adverb?
rich man study hard one time easy job hard life

5)  Which contains an adverb?
went quickly friendly people good question fast food free time

6) Which does not contain an adverb?
very late dinner came too early early bird woke up early came late

7)  Which does not contain an adverb?

sincerely yours drive safely ate fast too easy my supply

8)  Which part of speech is used to describe an adverb?
conjunction pronoun adverb adjective verb

9)  What is the most common ending for adverbs?

-ive -ate -ly -tion 

10)  How many adverbs are in I really woke up too early this morning?
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