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Adverbs – Part One

What is an Adverb?

 An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.

Here’s some examples:

Adverbs in writing your story - what are adverbs? What do they modify? How to use them - or not - in your novel.

Adjective Form:

  • happy
  • clear
  • close
  • dear
  • perfect

Adverb Form:

  • happily
  • clearly
  • closely
  • dearly
  • perfectly

Of course, not all adverbs in in ly as the following list demonstrates:

  • quite
  • very
  • much
  • right
  • too
  • never 
  • soon
  • here
  • now
  • then
  • also
  • often
  • there
  • hard

Adverbs tell you:

  • When?
  • Where?
  • How?
  • Why?
  • How much?
  • Or To What Extent?

Abbi will be here at midnight.

Be where? Answer – here

The adverb here modifies the verb be.

Samantha made a really good cheesecake.

How good? Answer – really good

The adverb really modified the adjective good.

Isabella writes quite well for a 16-year old.

The adverb quite modifies another adverb well.

What are adverbs - how should I use adverbs - can I use adverbs in my manuscript?

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