Thursday, April 4, 2019

Lesson 164 - Parts of the Sentence - Adverbs

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Adverbs are words that modify (1) verbs, (2) adjectives, and (3) other adverbs.  They tell how (manner), when (time), where (place), how much (degree), and why (cause).  Why is a common one-word adverb that tells why.  Adverbs that tell us how, when, where, and why always modify the verb.  These adverbs can shift location in the sentence without changing meaning or what they modify.  Adverbs that tell us how much modify adjectives or other adverbs.  Adverbs that tell how much will come just before the adjectives or adverbs that they modify.  These adverbs are also called qualifiers because they strengthen or weaken the words they modify.  Examples: He kicked the ball solidly (how).  He kicked the ball immediately (when).  He kicked the ball forward (where).  He kicked the ball too hard (how much).

Not and its contraction n't are adverbs. They really modify the entire sentence, but we will have them modify the verb as it is the most important word in the sentence. This is a common practice in grammar books.

Adverbial objectives or adverbial nouns are nouns used as adverbs. They usually tell amount, weight, time, distance, direction or value. They can have adjectives modifying them. Example: He waited two days.

Instructions: Find the adverbial nouns in the following sentences and tell what word they modify.

1. Yesterday Jim came home.

2. Tomorrow I will walk a mile.

3. The boulder landed three feet from me.

4. Will works mornings and nights.

5. This package cost five dollars.

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1. yesterday/home modify the verb came

2. tomorrow/mile modify the verb will walk

3. feet modifies the verb landed

4. mornings/nights modify the verb works

5. dollars modifies the verb cost

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