Grammar Through Writing Adverbs
What is an adverb? • An Adverb is a word that gives information about a verb, an adverb, or an adjective. Many adverbs end in the letters –ly, but not all. Adverbs tell: • Where: The giant put the harp down here by the beanstalk. Snow White fell asleep there by the hut. The wolf lurks nearby. More examples: outside, inside, away, up, down, near, far.
Adv. continued • When: • The wolf often spotted the pigs building their houses. The wolf soon devised a plan. The wolf approached the house of straw later in the afternoon. • Other examples: now, then, soon, today, tomorrow, immediately, daily. • How: • The wolf crept quietly towards the house. The wolf howled happily after he blew down the house of straw. • More examples of HOW: quite, stealthily, mysteriously, sadly, effortlessly, easily, sprightly.
Adv. Continued • How Often or How Long: • The wolf frequently spied on the pigs. The wolf sometimes took a nap after eating. The wolf never tired of thinking of new tricks. • Other examples: twice, thrice, always. • How Much: • After lunch, the wolf was too full to move. The wolf was somewhat unsure that he could blow down the brick house. The wolf was very happy when he thought of a way to trick the third pig. • More examples: hardly, rather, extremely, greatly, more, just, still.
Add one or two advers to each sentence: • 1. The frog croaked. • The frog croaked happily. The frog croaked grudgingly. • 2. The giant laughed. • The giant laughed loudly. The giant laughed heartily. • 3. The wolf howled. • The wolf howled yesterday. The wolf never howled. • 4. The ogre pushed. • Yesterday, the ogre easily pushed his brother into the river.
Your Turn: • 5. The hen clucked. • 6. The princess sighed. • 7. The seven dwarves pulled. • 8. The mer • maid swam.
Extension: Adding Details • Begin with a verb. Add a noun. Add an adjective. Add another adjective. Add an adverb. Examples: