|We use an adverb to say how an action is performed.||He speaks English fluently.
She answered correctly.
|We use an adverb to add information about the time/place/manner.||How long have you lived here?|
|We can use an adverb to add information to an adjective.||She was extremely happy to see him again.
I really hate travelling by train.
|Forms of adverbs|
|Most adverbs are formed by adding -ly to an adjective.
There are some exceptions – irregular adverbs.
|nicely, quickly, beautifully, happily, economically|
|If the adjective ends in -ic we add ally.||basic – basically, dramatic – dramatically|
|Some adverbs are irregular: they have the same form as the adjective.
The adjective good is irregular: its adverb form iswell.
|fast, daily, late, early, hard
good – well
|Adverbs – common mistakes|
|Common mistakes||Correct version||Why?|
|The camera works perfectly.||We use an adverb
(perfectly – adverb, perfect – adjective) when we want to say how we do something.
|Did you work hard today?||Some adverbs have the same form as the adjective: hard – hard, fast – fast, late – late.|
||She behaved in a silly way.
She passed the exam with difficulty.
|Some adjectives (including many ending in -ly) don’t have an adverb equivalent. Instead, we use an adverbial phrase (in a friendly manner, in a silly way, with difficulty).|
He looks happily.
|His answer sounded correct.
He looks happy.
|After linking verbs (look, sound,taste, smell, feel, seem) we use adjectives, not adverbs.