YES’N’YOU – I never know where to put my adverbs! (A2 Unit 5 Module 2 Compatible)

Hello again everyone,

AdverbsI always like to teach my learners about adverbs. Like adjectives, adverbs are difficult little animals. But, it is adverbs and adjectives that make a language exciting! That is why they are so important. Look at the difference between these two sentences:

“We stay at a hotel.”

“We always stay at a beautiful hotel!”

Which sentence says more about our holiday? About us? The second sentence, obviously.

So, what is an adverb? An adverb is a word that describes a verb. The clue is in the name! They can tell us how, how often, or when an action happened.

Different types of adverbs can appear in different positions in a sentence.

For example:

Adverbs of time are normally found at the beginning or the end of a sentence. They tell us when an action happened.

They include: yesterday, today, tonight, this week, tomorrow, next week and lots of others.

Today, my colleague David is dancing the tango.”

“I’m going to tango tomorrow.”

Let’s look at another group of adverbs.

Adverbs of frequency have a clearly defined set of rules. They tell us how often an action happened.

They include: always, often, usually, sometimes, occasionally, rarely, never and lots of others.

They are commonly found:

1) before the main verb

“David always eats pizza for breakfast. It’s disgusting.”

“Al never brushes his hair. It’s a style thing.”

2) after auxiliary verbs

“Al has usually got a newspaper in his bag. See if you can steal it.”

“David is always stealing Al’s newspaper.”

3) after the verb ‘to be’

“David is rarely angry.”

“Al is always confused.”

 

See if you can spot all the adverbs in this dialogue:

Adverb dialogue part 1Adverb dialogue part 2

 

That’s all for this week, if you have any comments or questions through the blog, on our facebook page (YES ‘N’ You Spain) or on twitter (@YESNYOU_es).

Until next time,

Al

 

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