Among the eight parts of speech, adverb is the most important one. It is a word, mainly, used to add extra information or qualify other words, such as, verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs as well. Adverbs play vital role in determining the place, time, manner, or purpose of the performed action in the sentence. In this way, it gives complete meaning for any sentence. In this blog, “Use of adverbs” I am going to deal with the various uses of adverbs in the english grammar.
Definition of adverb
Adverb is a word that is used to qualify, or modify the given meaning of — Adjective, Verb, or even Adverb. Undoubtedly, it gives any sentence a complete meaning by describing the place, time or purpose of performed action in the sentence. Let’s see some important uses of adverbs :–
To qualify adjectives:-
•Cyclonic disasters are very big challenge for our country.
In this example, “very”is the ‘adverb of degree’ used to modify the meaning of given adjective or qualify adjective ‘Big’.
To qualify verbs:-
•Our teacher never emphasised on rote learning.
In this case, ‘never’ is the ‘adverb of frequency’ and used to add orinformation or qualify verb–emphasised.
To qualify adverbs:–
•He learns so quickly.
In this sentence, ‘so’ is the “adverb of degree”and used to modify even adverb — quickly.
To qualify adjective:-
•Her learning capacity is so weak.
•Here, “adverb of degree” is ‘so’ used to qualify adjective– weak.
To qualify preposition:-
•He is driving right in front of the garden.
Besides, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs, it also qualify or modify preposition. In this example, adverb ‘right’ which is the adverb of direction, is used to modify preposition –in front of.
To qualify adjectives:–
•Swimming is too difficult for me. It is also the example of degree used to qualify adjective — difficult.
To qualify verbs:–
•My dog has lost just now. This example shows the adverb of time to qualify verb.
•Tom always helps needy and poor. In this sentence, ‘always’ is the adverb of frequency used to qualify verb–helps.
Apart from this, adverbs also qualify or modify preposition ,a phrase or even any sentence. When we use adverb to qualify a sentence, it is separated by comma at the beginning of the given sentence.
•Unfortunately, global warming is still out of control.
•Surely, he will be defeated in this game.
•Undoubtedly, he would be the undisputed leader of the nation.
Formation of adverbs
Besides basic form, adverbs are formed by adding suffixes like — ly, preposition, etc. For this, I will bring a detailed piece of writing very soon.
Its domain of study is so vast among the eight parts of speech as it is classified in the various forms, such as, Time, Place, Manner, Frequency, Degree, Reason, Comparison etc.
In the next blog, you will learn about the types of adverbs in the systematic way. Hope, this subject matter will work for your cause.