Daily Grammar

Lesson 62

Parts of Speech - Adverbs

Adverbs are words that modify (1) verbsVerbs show action or state of being. Most verbs are action words, but a few verbs indicate state of being or existence.
Source: Lesson 1
, (2) adjectivesAdjectives modify or affect the meaning of nouns and pronouns and tell us which, whose, what kind, and how many about the nouns or pronouns they modify.
Source: Lesson 31
, and (3) other adverbs. They tell how (manner), when (time), where (place), how much (degree), and why (cause). Why is a common one-word adverb that tells why.

Adverbs that tell us how, when, where, and why always modify the verb. Adverbs that tell us how much modify adjectives or other adverbs. These adverbs are also called qualifiers because they strengthen or weaken the words they modify.

Examples:
He kicked the ball solidly. (how)
He kicked the ball immediately. (when)
He kicked the ball forward. (where)
He kicked the ball too hard. (how much)

 
 
 

Instructions: These sentences have adverbs that modify the verb and tell us when. Find the adverbs and tell what they modify.

1. As the car caught fire, he jumped immediately from it.

As the car caught fire, he jumped immediately from it.
  - immediately modifies jumped

2. Daily I go to the gym for exercise.

Daily I go to the gym for exercise.
  - Daily modifies go

3. The campfire was glowing later to our surprise.

The campfire was glowing later to our surprise.
  - later modifies was glowing

4. We will now finish the assignment.

We will now finish the assignment.
  - now modifies will finish

5. The work will be done tomorrow.

The work will be done tomorrow .
  - tomorrow modifies will be done

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