What is an Adverb & How To Use It?

What is an adverb?

Adverbs describe verbs and adjectives.  Most end in -ly or –ily but not always
Verb: Angry
Adverb: Angrily

Where do you use an adverb?

Adverbs can be used anywhere within a clause.
At the beginning:  Suddenly, I am hungry.
At the end:  I eat so fast.
In the middle: I may have never eaten before.

What are sentence adverbs?

Adverbs indicating the attitude and point of view normally go towards the beginning of the sentence.

Actually, I think the outing is at the Hilton, not the Hamilton.
Obviously, we can’t disclose the information, but we can point you in the right direction.

Overuse of adverbs takes the reader’s attention away from the main point.

Tom walked through the hall silently.  Obviously, something was on his mind.  He suddenly dropped the stack of papers in his hand. Quickly he bent down to pick them up.  Tom quietly continued down the hall.
 When reading the above clip did you focus on the main point or were you distracted by the adverbs.  The reader doesn’t need to know the speed or detail of every action being taken.  We have all dropped papers before and bent down to pick them up.  We can imagine how long it will take to gather up the mess we made without emphasizing it in writing.
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When writing my first novel, I used a lot of adverbs.  I didn’t realize how much they actually took away from the message I was trying to convey.  Since publishing Forbidden, I have grown as an author and hope to continue to develop my skills.

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For more information about adverbs, check out the links below


Purdue Online Writing Lab

Grammar Book

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Published author and founder of https://cynthiabrandel.com, Cynthia has captivated the world with her works of fiction including The Sanctorian Series and her latest work, The Revenant City Series. Lover of young adult reads and fantasy reads, Cynthia has transformed her passions into a full-time career.

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