ADVERBS - FUNCTION
Adverbs modify, or tell us more about other words, usually verbs:
* The bus moved slowly.
* The bears ate greedily.
Sometimes they tell us more about adjectives:
* You look absolutely fabulous!
They can also modify other adverbs:
* She played the violin extremely well.
* You're speaking too quietly.
How adverbs are formed
1. In most cases, an adverb is formed by adding '-ly' to an adjective:
* Time goes quickly.
* He walked slowly to the door.
* She certainly had an interesting life.
* He carefully picked up the sleeping child.
If the adjective ends in '-y', replace the 'y' with 'i' and add '-ly':
If the adjective ends in -'able', '-ible', or '-le', replace the '-e' with '-y':
If the adjective ends in '-ic', add '-ally':
Note: Exception: public - publicly
2. Some adverbs have the same form as the adjective:
Adjective and Adverb
* It is a fast car.
* He drives very fast.
* This is a hard exercise.
* He works hard.
* We saw many high buildings.
* The bird flew high in the sky.
3. 'Well' and 'good'
'Well' is the adverb that corresponds to the adjective 'good'.
* He is a good student.
* He studies well.
* She is a good pianist.
* She plays the piano well.
* They are good swimmers.
* They swim well.