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Elementary - Adverbs

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Saturday, 23 May 2009

English grammar lesson on-line for elementary level students - An explanation of adverbs with audio explanation and printable exercises.

1) Adverbs describe verbs. They tell us how something is done. They usually go after the verbs.

  • We do the housework quickly.
  • He drives fast.
  • She speaks loudly.
  • I can do the homework easily.

To form regular adverbs, add -ly to the adjective. Words ending in -y change to -ily and words ending in -le change to -ly.

quick
bad
careful
immediate
easy
simple

quickly
badly
carefully
immediately
easily
simply


Some adverbs are irregular.

good
hard
early
fast

well
hard
early
fast

 

2) Adverbs of frequency.


They usually come before the main verb.

  • I usually go to bed at about 10.00.
  • I always have a toast for breakfast.
  • She often goes to bed late.
  • He never eats meat.
  • I sometimes go to work by bus.

Sometimes and usually can also come at the beginning or the end.

  • Sometimes we play tennis.
  • We play tennis sometimes.
  • Usually I walk to school.
  • I walk to school usually.

Never and always can't come at the beginning or the end.

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