The Adverb Phrases 



The Adverb Phrases :



Adverb is a word or group of words that describes or adds to the meaning of a verb, an adjective, another adverb or a whole sentence.

1. She ran slowly.
2. It's very hot.
3. Come tomorrow.
4. Balu is away.
5. Naturally, we want you to come.
6. Of course, we want you to come.

Note :

Slowly, very, tomorrow, away, of course and naturally are adverbs.

An adverb is a word which modifies the meaning of a verb, an adjective or another adverb.

1. Ravi runs quickly.
2. This is a very sweet apple.
3. I can read quite clearly.

Note :

The word QUICKLY modifies the word RUNS.
The word VERY modifies the word SWEET.
The word QUITE modifies the word CLEARLY.

Adverb….word that is modified
Quickly….runs (verb)
Very….sweet (adjective)
Quite….clearly (adverb)

Study the following.

Subject + Verb (+ Object) - How? (or) Where? (or) When?

1. Anu / put / the eggs / carefully / in the basket.
2. Somu / found / his pen / under the chair.
3. The girls / learn / English / quickly / in the class.
4. Mr. Vel / worked / hard / all the day.
5. The children / played / happily / on the beach / every day.
6. Tagore / was born / in Bengal.
7. Alan / hit / the boy / sharply / behind the head.
8. We / used / to live / there / many years ago.
9. The dog / barked / loudly in garden / just now.
10. Manu / has not arrived / at the office / yet.
11. Mr. Raju / is expected / here / at 6 O'clock.
12. The child / has been sleeping / soundly / since lunch time.
13. Mrs. Luke / left / by taxi / very early.
14. Mrs. M.S. / sang / beautifully / at the concert yesterday.
15. I / wrote / my name / carefully / on the book.
16. The minister / will travel / by air / to Moscow tomorrow.
17. Babu / enjoyed / himself / very much / at the party / last night.
18. The postman / arrives / like clock work / at 8 O'clock.
19. Could / you see / all right / in the office / during the storm?
20. I / put / the bag / carefully.

Note : The adverbs may be studied in the above sentences.

1. I nearly always read in bed before going to sleep.
2. I never read in bed before going to sleep.
3. I rarely read in bed before going to sleep.
4. I generally read in bed before going to sleep.
5. I very often read in bed before going to sleep.
6. I scarcely ever read in bed before going to sleep.
7. 1 almost never read in bed before going to sleep.
8. I usually swim in the river twice a day.
9. I usually swim in the river every morning.
10. I usually swim in the river once a week.
11. I am merely picking them up.
12. I absolutely forbid you to do it.
13. They were quite naturally in a hurry to go home.

Note : The adverbs in the above sentences may be carefully studied.

1. He simply meant that you ought to go there before dark.
2. He probably meant that you ought to go there before dark.
3. He almost certainly meant that you ought to go there before dark.
4. He in all probability meant that you ought to go there before dark.
5. I have worked hard at the office every day this week.
6. I have worked hard at the office most of the time.
7. I have worked hard at the office for several hours.
8. I have worked hard at the office for longer than I like to think about.
9. I have worked hard at the office ever since they made me manager.
10. Nowadays English is spoken all over Britain.

Note : The adverb particles, phrases and clauses may be studied in the above sentences.

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