How to identify adverbs?

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The word is probably an adverb if it ends in -ly. Examples are: cleverly, carefully, sweetly, pleasantly, eagerly etc.

Another common property of adverbs is that you can change their position and the sentence will still make sense. This is usually not possible in the case of other parts of speech.

Study the following examples.

As you can see from the above examples, the meanings of the sentences don't change with a change in the position of adverbs.

Words denoting frequency, time and place are also adverbs. Examples are: always, never, ever, often, frequently, occasionally, sometimes, now, soon, then, today, tomorrow, here, there, upstairs etc.

Exercise

Identify the adverbs in the following sentences.

1. He is always late for work.

2. Vimala combed her hair neatly.

3. The teacher asked the boy to write legibly.

4. Put it there.

5. The pain will soon pass off.

6. There is clearly something wrong.

7. He probably thinks that he is the best.

8. She has never said ‘Sorry’ in her life.

Answers

Always, neatly, legibly, there, soon, clearly, probably, never

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Absolute adjectives New!
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Parallel construction New!
Two-word verbs
Negative questions
Double Negatives
Correct use of the present perfect tense
Correct use of the present perfect continuous tense