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What are adverbs?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in English grammar, grammar, Reading, Spelling, spelling and grammar, verbs and adverbs, what is a noun?, what is a verb?, what is an adjective?, what is an adverb? | 0 comments

What are adverbs? What are adverbs? Adverbs describe verbs.   Adjective describe nouns, as in Sam is slow.  (Slow describes the noun Sam) Adverbs describe verbs, as in Sam drove slowly. (Slowly describes the verb drove) There is the word verb inside of adverb. Drove is a Verb The verb “drove” is the action done by the noun “Sam” in these four sentences: Sam drove. Sam, who stepped on an ant (subject), drove. Sam, who was stepped on (object), drove. Sam, who was slow (being described), drove. Hint: If you can add “ing” to the present tense of a word, then it is a verb, as in fly→flying. Slowly is an Adverb The adverb “slowly” describes NOT the noun Sam but the verb, which is the action done by the noun “Sam,” as in Sam drove slowly. When we say Sam drove slowly, the noun “Sam” is not the one being described, but his driving or action is being described. It is the verb “drove” that is being described, not the noun “Sam.” The adverb “slowly” describes NOT the noun “Sam,” but it describes the verb “drove”; it describes how Sam “drove” not how Sam is. The adverb slowly describes Sam’s driving condition. The adverb slowly describes Sam’s action of driving (Sam’s verbing). Again, the adverb slowly described the verb “drove,” not the person who was doing the driving. It is safe to say that adverbs are also adjectives but they describe verbs, not nouns. It is best to understand nouns and their adjectives before learning about verbs and their adverbs. Click here  Give back! Share or leave a...

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What are adjectives?

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What are adjectives? What are adjectives? Adjectives describe nouns.  Adjectives are like tall, short, smart, and slow that describe nouns like Sam.   Nouns are like Sam, who is either tall, short, smart, slow, etc. Sam is a Noun The noun in all of the following three sentences is “Sam” Sam stepped on an ant. Sam was stepped on by an elephant. Sam was slow. In the first sentence above, the noun, “Sam” is the subject because he is the doer of the action (he stepped on an ant).  In the second sentence, the noun “Sam” is the object because something was done to him (he was stepped on by the elephant). In the third sentence, the noun “Sam” is being described by the adjective “slow” and no action was involved. Thus, the noun “Sam” can be a subject (the one who stepped on an ant), an object (the one who was stepped on), or the noun “Sam” can be described by the adjective (slow). Slow is an Adjective The adjective “slow” describes the noun “Sam” in these three sentences Sam, who stepped on an ant, was slow. Sam, who was stepped on, was slow. Sam was slow.  In the first sentence above, “slow” describes the noun “Sam” who is the subject. In the second sentence, “slow” describes the noun “Sam” who is the object. In the third sentence, the adjective “slow” simply describes the noun “Sam.” Thus, an adjective like “slow” can describe the noun “Sam” whether “Sam” is the subject (doer that stepped on something), the object (the one that was stepped on), or the one being described. What is a noun? What is a noun? A noun is a thing or a name of a thing that exists around us (Sam) or in our minds (freedom). Examples of nouns that exist around us are things we can see, touch, hear, taste, or smell (available to our five senses) like Sam, man, school, tree, coffee, cake, music, fragrance, etc. Examples of nouns that exist in our minds are freedom, love, wisdom, justice, maturity, and any other idea that can exist in our minds that we cannot see, touch, hear, taste, or smell.  Similar to the way adjectives...

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