We have all had our parents ask us to ‘get ready for school quickly’ or to ‘play carefully’ or to ‘do homework regularly’. These words that you hear so often – quickly, carefully, regularly, are all called ‘adverbs’. Just like nouns, verbs, pronouns, and adjectives; adverbs are also one of the different parts of speech. Let’s learn more about the formation of adverbs and how they are used in sentences.
Definition of Adverbs
An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective or another adverb. In other words, adverbs describe actions or other descriptive words. For example – Manav runs slowly. Here the word ‘slowly’ describes the action of running and therefore, is an adverb.
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Formation of Adverbs
- Most of the times, an adverb is formed by adding ‘ly’ to an adjective. Examples of such formation of adverbs are as follows:
Sometimes, the adjective ends in ‘y’. In these cases, replace the ‘y’ with ‘i’ and add ‘ly’. Examples are as follows,
- In some cases, the adjective ends in ‘le’, ‘able’ or ‘ible‘. In these cases, replace the ‘e’ with ‘y’. Examples of these adverbs formation are,
- If the adjective ends in ‘ic, then add ‘ally’. The exception is ‘public’. The adverb for ‘public’ is ‘publicly’. Some examples are
- For adjectives that end in ‘cal’, just add ‘ly’ to turn it into an adverb. Examples –
- Some adverbs have the same form as their adjective. Some such words are,
The adverb for the adjective ‘good’ is ‘well’. Examples –
- Jack is a good guitarist. – Jack plays the guitar well.
- She is a good dancer. – She dances well.
- Akshay is a good student. – Akshay studies well.
- He is a good chess player. – He plays chess well.
Solved Example For You
Question 1: Give the adverbs of the following adjectives – domestic, reversible, crazy, radical, wide, soft, simple.
Question 2: Fill in the blanks with the best adverb from the brackets.
(carefully, suddenly, loudly, quickly, softly)
- She talks so ___________, you can hear her from miles away!
- Let’s walk __________, I don’t want to be late.
- Talk __________, the baby is sleeping!
- He walked _________ on the icy pavement because he did not want to slip and fall.
- It started raining _________, we were all soaked in minutes.
- She talks so loudly, you can hear her from miles away!
- Let’s walk quickly, I don’t want to be late.
- Talk softly, the baby is sleeping!
- He walked carefully on the icy pavement because he did not want to slip and fall.
- It started raining suddenly, we were all soaked in minutes.