Thursday, 21 May 2015

Lesson 1 - Adverbs

In English, like in many other languages, adverbs play an absolutely essential role.

They describe verbs or modify* verbs, adjectives and other adverbs.
(*modify means ‘to change the meaning of’, making something stronger or weaker)

Some examples are:

Describe verbs:
Communication changes quickly.

Modify verbs, adjectives and adverbs
English students hardly ever like studying phonetics.
My aunt has a really wonderful house.
The weather in Ireland changes very quickly.


There are different kinds of adverbs which we will check in future posts, but today we will focus on the position of the adverb in a sentence.

Adverbs usually go:

1. At the beginning of the sentence, “Probably, it will rain this afternoon.”
2. At the end of the sentence, “When you speak with foreign people you must do it slowly.
3. Between the subject and the main verb, “I always play football on Saturday.”

There is an exception when the verb is a modal, auxiliary verb or verb 'to be', in these cases the adverb will go after these verbs, “She is really polite when she speaks.”

Now answer today’s questions. You can write your answer as a comment in this post. We will give you the correct answers in our next lesson.

What are the adverbs for the following adjectives?
Fast, good, daily, sure, wrong

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