Comparison of adverbs

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Adverbs are used to express how something is done Example : The dog sleeps quietly . The dog is absolutely quiet. Comparison of adverbs

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In general, comparative and superlative forms of adverbs are the same as for adjectives : add - er or - est to short adverbs: Adverb Comparative Superlative hard late fast hard er lat er fast er the hard est the lat est the fast est Example: Jim works harder than his brother. Everyone in the race ran fast , but John ran the fastest of all. COMPARATIVE FORMS OF ADVERBS

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with adverbs ending in - ly , use more for the comparative and most for the superlative: Adverb Comparative Superlative quietly slowly seriously more quiet ly more slow ly more serious ly most quiet ly most slow ly most serious ly Example: The teacher spoke more slowly to help us to understand. Could you sing more quietly please? Note: ( not : early )

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Some adverbs have irregular comparative forms: Adverb Comparative Superlative badly far little well worse farther/further less better worst farthest / furthest least best Example: The little boy ran further than his friends. You're driving worse today than yesterday ! BE CAREFUL! Sometimes 'most ' can mean 'very' : We were most grateful for your help I am most impressed by this application.

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Adjective Adverb close close daily daily early early fair fair far far fast fast free free hard hard high high late late lively lively long long lovely lovely low low right right wide wide wrong wrong The following adjectives and adverbs have the same form:

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They tell us the: strength intensity of something that happens. Many adverbs are gradable, that is, we can intensify them. Basically they answer the sort of question that asks How much ...? or How little...? Adverbs of degree

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Degree Adverbs List absolutely very amazingly surprisingly awfully very barely negative completely totally , all parts considerably dreadfully very easily clearly , without difficulties enormously entirely exceedingly excessively extensively very extremely very fairly fantastically fully greatly hardly not much highly very hugely immensely incredibly very infinitely very , very intensely very largely mostly moderately nearly noticeably partly perfectly completely positively practically completely profoundly purely really reasonably acceptably relatively remarkably simply slightly strikingly strongly seriously, surely sufficiently supremely suspiciously terribly very totally tremendously very truly unbelievably utterly virtually practically wonderfully about almost altogether downright however indeed jolly just least less mighty more most not quite rather so somewhat still too very very much way far well as… as too… to... so…that enough without - ly

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all almost altogether barely but (in the sense of only) chiefly completely enough entirely exceedingly excessively extravagantly extremely far full fully generally greatly hardly immeasurably inconceivably infinitely little mainly merely much more most nearly no none only partially perfectly quite scarcely so some stark surely sufficiently too very wholly More common

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The position of adverbs in sentences In English we never put an adverb between the verb and the object . We often play handball . - CORRECT We play often handball. - WRONG

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The three main positions of adverbs in English sentences 1) Adverb at the beginning of a sentence Unfortunately , we could not see Mount Snowdon . 2) Adverb in the middle of a sentence The children often ride their bikes. 3) Adverb at the end of a sentence Andy reads a comic every afternoon .

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More than one adverb at the end of a sentence If there are more adverbs at the end of a sentence, the word order is normally: Manner - Place - Time Peter sang the song happily in the bathroom yesterday evening .