Before starting the topic ‘More about Adverbs‘ , you must know definition of adverb.
What is an adverb
An Adverb is a word which modifies an adjective, a verb or another adverbs.
Eg– Just, now, happily, here, too etc.
Now, see some examples of Adverbs used in sentences:-
1- She is writing answers well.
2- The teacher has appreciated him personally.
3- My parents call me now.
4- They just reached my house.
5- My father is also an Engineer.
6- Her friends are enjoying there.
7- His baby girl sings sweetly.
8- Sonal is very interested in learning new skills.
So, you have seen different examples of Adverbs used in different sentences. Now it’s time to learn about something unique in the topic More about Adverbs.
In this article, you will learn about more about adverbs’.
What is the need of this topic ‘More about Adverbs ‘?
You viewed this topic, started reading it and perhaps you had learnt the topic More about Adverbs but do you know what is the need of this topic that you are learning it?
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More about Adverbs, in this topic you would learn about positions of adverbs and comparison of adverbs.
You write sentences, you place adverbs anywhere according to your will and understanding. Am I right? But, grammatically, it is not correct. Grammar follows particular rules so, this topic ‘More about Adverbs‘ is created and you must know about it.
Here is the first topic- ‘Position of Adverbs’.
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More about adverbs
Position of Adverbs
In position of adverbs, you will know how to insert an adverb on its right place.
Read and learn these ten points attentively. Ten points are as follows.
1- Where to place adverbs that modify an adjective or another adverbs: Adverbs that modify adjectives or other adverbs are placed before the adjective or another adverbs they modify.
- You speak very gently.
- He is too old to work.
Note– In the above two examples, underlined words are adverbs so, they are placed before adjective and adverb (very and too)respectively.
2- Where to place Adverbs of manner, place and time: Adverbs of manner,place and time are placed after the verb. In case, if there is an object in the sentence then they are placed after object of the sentence.
- They are leaving tomorrow.
- You learn it properly.
Note– In the above two examples, underlined words are adverb of time and manner (tomorrow and properly) respectively. So, they are placed after verbs in both sentences.
3- How to place two adverbs in a sentence: If in a same sentence, you are getting two adverbs then place adverb of place before adverb of time or adverb of manner.
- Abhi went there silently.
- She came here yesterday.
Note– In the above two examples, you are getting two adverbs; In the first example ‘there and silently’ both are adverbs whereas ‘there’ is an adverb of place and ‘silently’ is an adverb of manner. In the second example ‘here and yesterday’ both are adverbs. ‘Here’ is an adverb of place and ‘yesterday’ is an adverb of time.
4- How to place more than two adverbs in a sentence: If in a sentence, there are more than two adverbs then the correct order is to place adverbs is; first place adverb of manner after that adverb or place and in the last use adverb of time.
- E.g.- He works hardly here.
- They are doing their work quietly now.
Note– In the first example ‘hardly’ is adverb of manner so, it’s placed before adverb of place ‘here‘ and in the second example ‘quietly’ is adverb of manner so, it is placed before ‘now’ i.e. adverb of time.
5- How to use adverb of frequency in a sentence: If in a sentence adverb of frequency you are getting so, use it before verbs.However, when the verb is a form of ‘to be’ the adverb comes after it.
- I often go outside.
- He seldom plays badminton.
- They are always helpful.
Note– In both examples, ‘often and seldom’ are adverbs of frequency hence they are placed before verbs ‘go and plays’. In the last example, verb is a form of to be i.e. ‘are’ so adverb of frequency ‘always’ is placed after verb.
6- Where to place adverb when it is after auxiliary verbs in future, continuous and perfect tenses: Adverbs are placed after auxiliary verbs in future, continuous and perfect tenses.
- The students are always learning.
- The teacher has nicely explained them.
Note– In both examples, ‘always and nicely’ are adverbs so, they are placed after auxiliary verb ‘are and has’ respectively as the first sentence is in Present Continuous Tense and the second one is in Present Perfect Tense.
7- How to use adverb ‘enough’ in a sentence: The adverb ‘enough’ is placed after verb it modifies.
- E.g.- That man is humble enough to listen your words.
- Those rooms are large enough for a hall.
Note– In both examples, ‘is and are’ both are verbs so, adverb ‘enough’ is placed after these two verbs in both senteces.
8- Where to place Adverbs ‘only, not, never, solely, nearly and chiefly’ in a sentence: Adverbs like: only, not, never, solely, nearly and chiefly are generally placed before the words they modify.
- E.g.- My uncle bought only two kilos of rice.
- We are all not free due to Covid 19 pandemic.
Note– In both sentences, you can see two adverbs ‘only and not’ respectively placed before the words they modify.
9- When should you place adverbs in beginning: When an adverb modifies an entire assertive sentence, it is placed at the beginning.
- .- Luckily, I met my parents.
- Unfortunately, she did not run fast.
Note– In both examples, ‘Luckily and unfortunately’ are adverbs, placed in the beginning as they are modifying entire assertive sentences.
10– Where do adverbs come in imperative senteces: In imperative sentences, adverbs of time, place and manner come after the verbs.
Sit down here.
- Run away quickly.
Note– In the first example ‘sit down’ is an imperative sentence and the word ‘here’ shows adverb of place. In second sentence, ‘quickly’ is an adverb of manner.As you can notice, in both sentences, ‘here and quickly’ are placed after verbs.
Point to remember:- Adverbs are usually placed near the word they modify. The meaning changes when the position is changed.
In this article, More about Adverbs, you have learnt about ten correct positions of placing Adverbs.
Comparison of Adverbs
As you know, there are three degree of adjectives : positive, comparative and superlative degree.
Likewise adjectives, adverbs of manner, degree and time can be compared.
Comparison of Adverbs is divided into three degrees:-
- Positive Degree
- Comparative Degree
- Superlative Degree
Here I am sharing three different ways to change degree of comparison of adverbs. These are as follows.
Note– ‘P’ stands for positive degree.
‘C’ stands for Comparative degree.
‘S’ stands for Superlative degree.
1- By adding ‘er’ in comparative degree and ‘est’ in superlative degree.
P. C. S.
High Higher Highest
Near Nearer Nearest
Fast Faster. Fastest
2- By adding ‘more’ into comparative degree and ‘most’ into superlative degree before the positive degree of adverbs or more than one syllable.
P. C. S.
Gladly More gladly Most gladly
Slowly More slowly Most slowly
Happily More happily Most happily
Softly More softly Most softly
3- Irregular comparison of Adverbs.
P. C. S.
Much More Most
Little Less Least
Late Later Last
Well Better Best
Point to remember– Some words function as adjectives as well as adverbs. If a word is describing any noun or pronoun then it is an adjective and if a word does the work of modifier then it is an adverb.
What is correct order of adverbs
As adverb is modifying an adjective, a verb or another adverb, even sometime it modifies the whole sentence so in a sentence, anywhere it can be used independently.
The correct order of adverb is to place firstly adverb of manner, adverb of place, adverb of frequency, adverb of time and adverb of purpose. If in a sentence, there is more than one adverb and they belong to different categories of adverbs then use the correct order of adverbs.
Follow this to use correct order of Adverbs:-
- Adverb of manner
- Adverb of place
- Adverb of frequency
- Adverb of time
- Adverb of purpose
More about Adverbs make you learn about all other functions of adverbs. More about Adverbs tells about position of adverbs in different sentences and comparison of adverbs.
I hope this article is useful to learn about more about Adverbs and 10 right positions of Adverb, comparison of adverbs and the correct order of adverbs.