Grammar 4



Adverbs modify verbs.

Some adverbs are easy to recognize because they end with the suffix “-ly”.

There are, however, many adverbs that don't follow this pattern. Here are some typical examples:

Generally, any word or phrase that establishes the time or place where an action takes place can be classified as an adverb. Here are some more examples:

Furthermore, any word that describes the degree or frequency of something is also probably an adverb. Here are some typical examples:

Lastly, sometimes adverbs tell us the direction that something is moving.

Simplifying Sentences with Adverbs

Adverbs can always be canceled or ignored.

Study the following sentences. Notice how each of them has been simplified by canceling out all the helping words, adjectives, and adverbs.

Original Sentence Simplified Sentence
The water was extremely cold. The water was cold.
Suzy returned yesterday. Suzy returned.
I am going to tidy my room tomorrow. I tidy my room.
I saw Sally today. I saw Sally.
I will call you later. I call you.
I will leave now. I leave.
I saw that movie last year. I saw (that) movie.

Instructions for the Quiz

Identify the adverb.