Posted by: Jack Henry | January 29, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Get Your Adverbs Here

This one’s for you, John Thomas!

Today’s topic is adverbs. Most of you know that adverbs modify verbs, but did you know they also modify adjectives and other adverbs? Well, let’s start with what we know: adverbs modify verbs.

The following examples show adverbs (italic) modifying verbs (bold):

· Marie is moving slowly.

· Brenda regarded him quizzically.

· I painted butterfly pictures yesterday.

· They go to concerts frequently.

· Joe Baldocky jumped out of the freezing water quickly.

Adverbs answer these questions:

· When? (She arrived today.)

· Where? (He put the pacifier there.)

· How? (Melvin shucked the corn slowly.)

· How often? (Beatrice washes her hair daily.)

And now, my apologies for the poor quality of this video—it looks every bit of its <cough> 41 years—but I can’t send you off without the Schoolhouse Rock Lolly adverb song.

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