Chapter 5. Adverb (Cont'd...)
5.4 Formation of adverbs (zont'd...)
Some adjectives and adverbs are used with the same forms. As example: back, far,
ill, fast, kindly, left, little, long, low, early, still, straight, well, much, more, enough,
deep, hard, direct, high, just, late, near, pretty, right, short, wrong, etc. Deep, hard,
direct, high, just, late, near, pretty, right, short, wrong can also be used with ‘ly’. For
example see the following sentences:
He entered through the back door. (adjective)
he will come back soon. (adverb)
I shall avail myself of the fast train. (adjective)
He ran fast. (adverb)
My friend has been deeply offended at his words.
He spoke very highly of his parents.
Note 1: Please note that adjectives may have ‘ly’ form. For example: friendly
terms, manly appearance, timely help, etc.
Note 2: Some verbs like seem, appear, look, feel, taste, smell, etc. take adjectives
with them and not adverbs. For example: The girl seems cheerful, The rose smells sweet, It sounds harsh.
5.5 Position of adverbs
1. Adverb of manner is placed after the verb or after the object. Generally the
format is verb + preposition + object + adverb
. It may also be verb + adverb
+ preposition + objective.
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The police looked at the accused suspiciously
The police looked suspiciously
at the accused.
If the object becomes long the adverb is usually placed before the verb or between
auxiliary and main verb.
The grandmother interestingly tells her grand children the stories of Ramayana.
The grandmother is interestingly telling her grand children the stories of the
The place of adverb affects the meaning also. Such as:
I secretly decided to lend him money (here decision is secrete).
I decided to lend him money secretly. (here lending is secret)
He answered the question foolishly, (answer was foolish)
He foolishly answer the question. (answering was foolish)
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