Are you a kid that has a homework assignment asking for you to find the adverb in the sentence and are now asking yourself what is an adverb? Are you a parent at home trying to help your child with their homework and forgot what an adverb is? The parts of speech can be difficult to remember especially if you are learning them for the first time or have been out of school for a while. Don’t worry in this article you will find out what an adverb is, how to find them in a sentence, and a list of adverbs for reference.
An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, adjective, or another adverb. What does that mean? An adverb describes actions and other descriptive words. You might be thinking isn’t that what an adjective does? The English language can be confusing. An adjective only describes a noun or pronoun, an adverb describes everything else. An adverb also answers a question where, when, how, and how often.
Here is an example:
The curious toddler quietly opened the front door.
Curious is an adjective because it is describing the toddler (the noun).
Quietly is the adverb because it is describing how the toddler opened the door.
The nervous girl waited anxiously to get on the school bus.
Nervous is an adjective because it is describing the girl (the noun)
Anxiously is an adverb because it is describing how the girl waited for the bus.
How to Find an Adverb in a Sentence
There are a couple of ways to find an adverb in the sentence. One trick to finding an adverb in the sentence is to look for the word with a ly at the end. Most adjectives turn into adverbs by adding a ly at the end of the word.
Example adverbs that end with ly
Another trick to finding an adverb in the sentence is to look for the interrogative adverb. These are adverbs that begin with a question.
Where are you going?
Where is the adverb
How did you do that?
How is the adverb
When will you be back?
When is the adverb
The word who would not be an interrogative adverb. It is an interrogative pronoun.
List of Adverbs for Kids
How Where When How Often
Accidentally Anywhere After Always
Angrily Away Already Never
Awkwardly Down Before Once
Bitterly Downstairs Early Rarely
Boldly Everywhere Finally Seldom
Carelessly Far Last Sometimes
Charmingly Here Late Twice
Cleverly Inside Later Yearly
Dangerously Near Now
Eagerly Nearby Recently
Effortlessly Nowhere Soon
Excitedly Outside Yesterday
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