English/Parts of Speech/Adverbs
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|General: Introduction - Grammar|
|Parts of speech: Nouns - Verbs - Adjectives - Adverbs - Pronouns - Conjunctions - Prepositions - Interjections |
|Parts of the sentence: Subjects - Predicates|
|Word functions: Subjects - Predicates - Direct Objects - Indirect Objects - Objects of the Preposition|
|Types of sentences: Simple Sentences - Complex Sentences|
|Types of Phrases: Adjective - Adverb - Noun|
|Types of Clauses: Adjective - Adverb - Noun|
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An adverb is a word which describes how, how much or how often something is done.
- She runs quickly (quickly is an adverb and describes how she runs)
- She rarely goes swimming (rarely is an adverb and describes how often she goes swimming)
- I speak English fluently (fluently is an adverb and describes how much English I speak)
Most adverbs in English can be easily identified because they end with the letters ly (for example, easily in the previous sentence). Not all words which end with ly are adverbs - for example, sly, family, are not adverbs. And not all adverbs end in ly - for instance "often" or "seldom".