Adverbs have different jobs.
Here are three of them:
- First, they tell HOW about an action.
- Second: they tell HOW OFTEN.
- Third, they tell HOW MUCH about an adjective or another adverb.
Let’s look at each in turn:
A man is swimming slowly across the road. (HOW is he swimming? Slowly…)
You rarely see a man swimming across the road. (HOW OFTEN does this happen? Rarely…)
He’s swimming very peacefully. (With HOW MUCH peacefulness–a lot, or a little? VERY peacefully, so…with A LOT)
The little boy is standing sleepily in his crib.
He often looks this way after his nap.
His hair is really messy!
Your turn to practice — Try to say something about the picture using adverbs that do three different jobs.
Possible answers below–
The gymnast ___________________________
The BMX racer ___________________________
The gymnast trains hard every day. He never misses a workout. As a result, he is extremely fit.
The BMX racer is jumping skillfully into the air. He almost never falls. He is very confident.