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May 17, 2013

Adverbs in English - Shortcut Rules


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Friends, in today's post we shall discuss about the rules on Adverbs along with some Adverb Examples. 

What are Adverbs?
An adverb is a word that tells us more about a verb. It "qualifies" or "modifies" a verb. Lets try to understand this with a small example.
Adverb Example: 
Sunaina walks gracefully (The word 'gracefully' is an adverb. It modifies the verb 'to walk'.)

Now lets have a look at some important rules of Adverbs.

Rule 1 : The adverbs 'too much' is used with nouns and 'much too' is used with adjectives.
  • Too much pain / Too much insincerity (Nouns)
  • Much too painful / much too careless (Adjectives)
    adverbs examples
Examples :
  • His failure is too much painful for me
  • His failure is much too painful for me 
  • His wife's rude behavior gives him much too pain
  • His wife's rude behavior gives him too much pain
Rule 2 : Before the word 'Enough' an adjective under positive form should be used.
  • He is more intelligent enough to follow you.
  • He is intelligent enough to follow you.
  • She is enough lucky to get the job.
  • She lucky enough to get the job.
Rule 3 : The adverb quite ('quite means perfectly/ completely) should not be used with the adjective 'Handsome'.
  • He is quite handsome.
  • He is very handsome.
Rule 4 : Late / Lately. The adverb 'late' indicates time and lately means recently.
  • He was punished for coming lately.
  • He was punished for coming late. 
Rule 5 : When we begin a sentence with 'seldom / never / hardly / rarely / scarcely / barely  / neither / never, the rule of inversion should be applied (i.e.,) an auxiliary verb is used before the subject.
  • Hardly he goes to school.
  • Hardly does he go to school.
  • Seldom I got to films.
  • Seldom do I got to films.
  • No sooner the school bell rings than all the boys go to their class rooms.
  • No sooner does the school bell ring, than all the boys go to their class rooms.
After Only + adverbial expression.
  • Only by working hard, he got success.
  • Only by working hard, did he get success.
Not only but also
  • Not only she reads but also she writes.
  • Not only does she read but also writes.
Rule 6 : The adverbial phrase 'No less than' should be used with uncountable nouns whereas 'No fewer than' is used with countable nouns.
  • There were no less than forty people who were killed in the accident.
  • No fewer than forty people were killed in accident.
Rule 7 : The adverb (As) is not used after call and consider.
  • He called me as a fool
  • He called me a fool.
  • I always consider him as my brother.
  • I always consider him my brother.
Rule 8 : The derived adjectives such as interested / pleased / satisfied / delighted are used with 'much' but not 'very'.
  • I am very interested to play cricket.
  • I am much interested to play cricket.
Rule 9 : The adverb 'very' is used with positive adjectives and 'much' with comparative adjective forms.
  • He is very clever to understand it.
  • He is much clever to understand it.
Rule 10 : 'Very much' should be used with comparative forms.
  • It is very much better to stay here tonight.


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  4. i did not understand the example under AFTER ONLY + ADVERBIAL EXPRESSION :

    only by working hard,did he get success..

    please explain me....

  5. ma'am ... i believe it should be "seldom do i GET to films".
    please check it up

  6. identify the adverb.......he spoke well at the meeting last night

  7. identify d adverb.......he spoke well at the meeting last night

  8. admin..!!
    Rule : The adverb should not be put between the verb and the object.
    ex. He ate greedily the chocolate cake.(incorrect)
    He ate the chocolate cake greedily [correct]
    ex. James coughed loudly to attract her attention.
    in a book this sentence was correct. i am so confused plz help me
    If they want to emphasize
    James loudly coughed to attract her attention. (i think this is the right )
    because another rule is
    Rule: Sometimes an adverb of manner is placed before a verb + object to add emphasis:


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  11. Can I use article 'an' before the word intelligent in the sentence " He is intelligent enough to follow you". Explain please.


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