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Lesson 1.1

Adverbs: Form and Function

Los adverbios: Forma y funcionamiento
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Adverbs are words which modify the meaning of a verb. Adverbs can also modify adjectives and other adverbs.

Example:

 She speaks quickly.

In the example above, “quickly” is an adverb which modifies the verb “to speak”. The adverb is used to express the way in which the subject speaks.

Grammatical Rules

1. The general rule for forming adverbs is to add the termination “-ly” to an adjective.

Examples:

 quick →   quickly
 honest →   honestly

2. For those adjectives that end in “-y”, the “y” becomes an “i”. The termination becomes “-ily.”

Examples:

 easy →   easily
 happy →   happily

3. For adjectives which end in “-ic”, the termination changes to “-ically”.

Examples:

 automatic →   automatically
 tragic →   tragically

4. For adjectives that end in “-le”, the “e” is dropped and the termination “-ly” is added.

Examples:

 terrible →   terribly
 incredible →   incredibly

5. Some adverbs don’t change. The adjective and adverb are the same.

Examples:

 hard
 fast

Function of Adverbs

As we have seen, adjectives tell us something about a noun (person, place or thing). Adverbs, on the other hand, tell us something about the way in which something is done. Adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs.

As we have seen, adjectives tell us something about a noun (person, place or thing). Adverbs, on the other hand, tell us something about the way in which something is done. Adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs.

Examples:

Verb

 Miguel runs fast.
 You speak loudly.

Adverb

 He runs really fast.
 You speak very loudly.

Adjective

 I am very happy.
 She is really nice.
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