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Degrees of comparison

·       Adverbs have three degrees of comparison.

These are the Positive, Comparative and Superlative.

In certain adverbs the comparative degree is formed by adding “er” and the superlative by adding “est” – fast, faster, fastest


·       Adverbs ending in “ly” form the comparative by adding “more” and the superlative by adding “most”. For example, beautifully, more beautifully, most beautifully and bad, worse, worst.


·       Adverbs of Manner are mostly formed from adjectives by adding “ly” – quick, quickly

·       Where the adjective ends in “y” then it is changed into “i” and  “ly” is added – happy, happily

·       Where the adjective ends in “le”, “e” is changed into “y” – single, singly


 Kinds of Adverbs


1. Adverbs of Time indicate ‘when’ — I went to the market yesterday.


2. Adverbs of Frequency they show ‘how often’ — She met him twice.


3. Adverbs of Place show ‘where’ — She went there to look for him.


4. Adverbs of Manner show ‘how’ — The worker did it efficiently.


5. Adverbs of Degree show ‘how much’ — This material is good enough to be printed.


6. Adverbs of Affirmation and Negation – I do not know where he’s gone.


7. Adverbs of Reason show ‘why’ — He therefore went to the hospital.


8. Adverbs of Interrogation used for asking questions — Where did your school take you for a trip?


9. Relative Adverbs relate or refer back to their antecedent. For example, I remember the place where we went.


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