Adverbs are used to modify verbs. They tell us when, where, how, in what manner, or to what extent an action is performed. Some examples:|
AdverbsAn adverb can be added to a verb to modify its meaning. Usually, an adverb tells you when, where, how, in what manner or to what extent an action is performed.
Many adverbs end in ...ly — particularly those that are used to express how an action is performed. Although many adverbs end ly, lots do not, e.g., fast, never, well, very, most, least, more, less, now, far, and there.
Click on the adverbs:
Types of Adverbs
Although there are thousands of adverbs, each adverb can usually be categorised in one of the following groupings:
Adverbs of Time
Adverbs of Place
Adverbs of Manner
Adverbs of Degree
(This is covered more in the lesson Comparatives.)
Adverbs Can Modify Adjectives and Other AdverbsAlthough the term adverb implies that they are only used with verbs, adverbs can also modify adjectives and other adverbs:
(Trained is an adjective formed from the verb to train - see Participles.)
modifies the adverb quickly.)
Below are some common errors related to nouns:
When an adverb modifies an adjective, there is no need to join the two with a hyphen.
should be "neatly arranged"
WELL AND FAST
With words like well and fast (which are both adjectives and adverbs), a hyphen can be used to avoid ambiguity.
actress). As unlikely as the latter may be, it is grammatically feasible. The hyphen eliminates all ambiguity.)
See the lesson Hyphens in Compound Adjectives
USE A HYPHEN WITH WELL
This simple rule will cover most situations:
When preceding an adjective with an adverb, only use a hyphen with well.