How to identify adverbs

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The word is probably an adverb if it ends in -ly. Examples are: cleverly, carefully, sweetly, pleasantly, eagerly etc.

Another common property of adverbs is that you can change their position and the sentence will still make sense. This is usually not possible in the case of other parts of speech.

Study the following examples.

As you can see from the above examples, the meanings of the sentences don't change with a change in the position of adverbs.

Words denoting frequency, time and place are also adverbs. Examples are: always, never, ever, often, frequently, occasionally, sometimes, now, soon, then, today, tomorrow, here, there, upstairs etc.


Identify the adverbs in the following sentences.

1. He is always late for work.

2. Vimala combed her hair neatly.

3. The teacher asked the boy to write legibly.

4. Put it there.

5. The pain will soon pass off.

6. There is clearly something wrong.

7. He probably thinks that he is the best.

8. She has never said 'Sorry' in her life.


Always, neatly, legibly, there, soon, clearly, probably, never

Sections in this article

Transformation of sentences - I
Transformation of sentences - II
Transformation of a Simple sentence into a compound sentence
Transformation of a compound sentence into a simple sentence
Transformation of a simple sentence into a complex sentence
Transformation of a complex sentence into a simple sentence
Transformation of sentences containing too
Interchange of degrees of comparison
Combining two sentences using and so...that
How to combine two sentences using

See Also

Exclamations exercise
Exclamations: common errors
Common mistakes with pronouns - Part 2
Common errors with adjectives - part 1
Common errors with adjectives - part 2

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