How to identify adverbs in a sentence in English communication?

By July 12, 2017Learning

English communication is a vast subject. So, while you have to get the right vocabulary for adverbs. Before going to the technical aspects of what is an adverb? Let us know the basic with the help of real life example. You hear your mom shouting loudly to your younger brother for the mistake he made.

-What is your mother doing? Shouting, which is the verb.

-How did she shout? Loudly which is your adverb.

An adverb is something which describes your verb. It is a word which will modify your action. In your daily life, there are many examples:

Situation: My Saturday night in Mumbai.

1. The cab driver drove swiftly.

2. The music was loud.

3. They walked slowly to the corner of the pub.

Why do you need to learn Vocabulary for adverbs?

While we pronounce adverbs, it sounds as add+verbs. The name says it all, but to describe a situation well there is going to be a use of adverbs. Adverbs are grammar concept. What you need to learn is which adverb fits right to describe your verb in the most appropriate way.While you have a conversation it is important that you speak fluently with proper vocabulary. The first thing you need to know how to identify an adverb.

How to identify an Adverb in a sentence?

The first thing you need to learn about adverbs is to identify them in a sentence. We try to understand it with some basic rules:

Basic Rules to identify adverbs:

1. Many adverbs end in -ly but many do not.

Example 1: We performed badly. ( You need to ask the question How? How was the performance?)

Adverb- Badly ( It describes how the performance was.)

Example 2: The lion roared ferociously. (How did the lion roar?)

Adverb- Ferociously (It tells us how the lion roar)

2. It isn’t compulsory that an adverb has to end in -ly.

Example 1: She flew the plane yesterday. (You need to ask the question When? When did she fly the plane?)

Adverb- yesterday (It mentions when the job was done.)

Example 2: Anil rode his horse last Tuesday. (You need to ask the question When? When did he ride the horse?)

Adverb- Last Tuesday (It states when the job was done.) (Note: You can make a mistake by thinking that only Tuesday is the adverb but it is ‘Last Tuesday’.)

3. Adverbs are identified with the verbs or the types.

Example 1: I looked for it everywhere. (You need to ask the question Where? Where did I look for it?)

Adverb- everywhere (It states where they have searched.)

Example 2: There are many flowers outside. (You need to ask the question Where? Where are many flowers?)

Adverb- outside (It states where is the object.)

How to use adverbs in a sentence?

Now after understanding the basic rules of how to identify the adverbs we need to know how to use the adverbs. We try to understand this with the help of a scenario:

Scenario: An emergency situation in a zoo.

I can see the fire spreading on the streets. Sir, We should take due action or else there could be a worse situation. It isn’t easy Raju to shift all the animals from the zoo. Cheetahs can run very quickly. Bhalu cannot run fast. Birds will fly higher but the baby species cannot fly high. It is a critical situation we need to think twice Raju.

Adverbs used- worse, quickly, fast, higher, high, critical.

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