Adverbs are one of the four major word classes, along with nouns, verbs and adjectives. Adverbs are words that describe or give more information about a verb, adjective, adverb, or phrase. For example:

  • verbs – She walked slowly.
    The adverb answers how she walked – slowly.
  • adjectives – He drove a very fast car.
    The adverb describes how fast his car was – very.
  • other adverbs – It moved quite slowly down the mountainside.
    The adverb describes how slowly it moved – quite.

Teaching strategies for adverbs

Stage 3 – identifying and using adverbs

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