A D V E R B S

These are words that modify adjectives and other adverbs. They are usually formed by adding ly to the root word. Some examples would be lovely, totally, worldly and boldly.

Adverbs answer questions

Interrogative adverbs

    These adverbs ask questions: when, where, why and how.
    When shall I see you next?

Degrees of comparison

    There are three levels of comparison: positive - equality or no comparison, comparative - compares two or more persons or things, superlative - compares three or more persons or things.
    Jane is lovely.
    Jane is more lovely than Joan.
    Jane is the loveliest of all the girls in the course.

Position of the adverbs only and not

    These words should be positioned closest to the word they modify because of the difference of meaning when they are not.
    See booklet #4 - 101 Grammatical Tips for examples.

Double Negatives

    The words hardly, merely and scarcely do not require a negative.
    There were hardly any people attending the meeting.

Irregular adverb comparison

    badly/worse/worst
    Bridget felt badly.
    Bridget felt worse than her brother.
    Bridget felt the worst of everyone in the class.
    little/less/least
    There was little to eat at the buffet.
    There was less to eat later in the evening than earlier.
    There was the least amount of food after 9 p.m.
    much/more/most
    There was much to do at the fair.
    There was more to do at the weekend.
    There was most to do in the evenings.
    well/better/best
    George felt well.
    George felt better than his brother.
    George felt the best of all his siblings.