Next level parts of speech—adverbs ! (See the “intro” to adverbs episode here!)

Today’s episode about asverbs covers the following:

The sneaky cat EASILY climbs. 

  • So far: Articles/Noun Markers + Noun + Adjectives + Verbs + Adverbs
  • When my students have two difficult or confusing/similar concepts, I tell them they only need a trick for one!



  • AVA
    • —Adjectives
    • —Verbs
    • —Adverbs


  • Adverbs tell:
    •   —HOW: carefully ran
    •     —WHEN: later called 
    •     —WHERE: drove downtown
    •     —TO WHAT EXTENT: extremely helpful 

  • Not all adverbs are ly words
    •  —especially those dealing with time (never, always, seldom, later)
    •  —-especially negative words (not, never, seldom, etc)
    •  —especially ones that are also prepositions (up, down, over, under, etc)


  • General tips
    •   —importance of recognizing all verbs and telling the difference between action/BHL
    •   —knowing that to plus action verb is an infinitive (a verb)
    •   —importance of knowing the things adverbs tell (since they’re mostly action-related and different than what adjectives tell (what kind, etc)


  • Adverbs Vs prepositions 
    •  —up the mountain (prep)
    •  —hang up the phone (up is adverb)


  • Two kinds of adverb openers 
    •  1. One word adverb opener (most ly ones use a comma: Unfortunately,  he didn’t answer. )
    •  2. Adverbial phrase or clause (have to listen carefully for where the phrase or clause ends and the “real sentence” begins: Carefully carrying the cake, he knew she would love it!)

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