English Grammar Guide for ESL

ADVERBS

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Description

Overview

Adverbs are invariable forms that modify verbs, adjectives or refer to places and time.

Common Adverbs

Here's a list of common adverbs: here, there, sometimes, early, late, never, often, quickly. See the exercise section below for a longer list.

How to Form Adverbs

Adverbs of manner are usually formed by adding -ly to an adjective, e.g.:

quick > quickly

nice > nicely

Some frequent adverbs don't follow this pattern, e.g.:

good > well

bad > poorly

Word Order

The order of English adverbs is somewhat flexible. Of note:

a) adverbs of manner can come between a subject and a verb or at the end (e.g.: I quickly read the book or I read the book quickly), but not between a verb and a direct object I read quickly the book.

b) Adverbs of time cannot come between a subject and a verb or between a verb and an object (e.g.:Yesterday, I saw your brother or I saw your brother yesterday, but not I yesterday saw your brother or I saw yesterday your brother.

c) In sentences with an auxiliary followed by a main verb, place the adverb of manner between the two, e.g.: I will happily help you.

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