Printable Adverb Worksheets
Make Teaching Adverbs Easy
These printable adverb worksheets on this page give children a brief introduction to using adverbs.
Also, I think that, when teaching adverbs, showing their use on a diagram in position related to the verb is a huge help. If children "see the picture" in a diagram, they remember what adverbs to more easily. To see our diagramming worksheets jump down this page to our diagramming and Grammar definition links here.
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This page has worksheets that introduce adverbs, adverb phrases, and adverb clauses. One set is in manuscript and the other is in cursive writing.
Definition of Adverb
Adverbs – An adverb is a word that expresses a quality of a verb, it modifies a verb, an adjective, a participle, or another adverb and many are formed by adding the suffix ending –ly and can be a pronoun (his), phrase, clause, or many other words that are otherwise used as other English parts of speech especially adjectives. (This is why they can be tricky for children to learn!)
List of Adverbs
According to the definition of an adverb there are five classes of adverbs in a list of adverbs: time, place, cause, manner, and degree.
- Adverbs of Time answer the questions: When? How long? How often? Frequency? (After, again, always, early, frequently, hereafter, immediately, lately, never, now, often, seldom, then, when…)
- Adverbs of Place answer: Where? (Above, anywhere, away, below, far, forth, here, herein, there, somewhere, yonder, backward, first, second, third…)
- Adverbs of Cause answer: How? (Therefore, when, why…)
- Adverbs of Manner answer the question: How? In which manner? (Amiss, anyhow, badly, easily, indeed, no, perhaps, somehow, sweetly, well…)
- Adverbs of Degree answer : How much? How little? (Almost, chiefly, enough, even, equally, little, mainly, much, more, nearly, only, partly, scarcely, too, wholly)
Before using our adverb worksheets teach the children to answer these questions and also show that the base word in adverb is verb. The adverb usually points to a verb.
Show that it can also point to an adjective. Show them the association that both words have the same prefix: ad-.
Printable Adverb Worksheets
Manuscript Adverb Worksheets
Cursive Adverb Worksheets
An adverbial phrase is a group of words used to modify a verb, an adjective, another adverb, or a participle.
- Examples of adverb phrases: hat in hand, hand in hand, no more
- Prepositional phrases that describe the verb:
- in general, through rough seas, in good times....
Adverb Clause Or Conjunctive Adverb
A conjunctive adverb is a word that joins two propositions one of which is used adverbially (to modify a verb, an adjective, a participle, or another adverb).
(I shall finish when it arrives.)
Also, "when it arrives" is an adverb clause.
Comparison of Adverbs
Positive, Comparative, Superlative
These three adverbs are compared by adding –er, -est to the positive form, or simple form:
- fast, faster, fastest;
- often, oftener, oftenest;
- and soon, sooner, soonest.
Adverbs that are formed by adding –ly are usually compared by adding more and most, less and least before the positive form:
- wisely, more wisely, most wisely.
Some are compared irregularly:
- little, less, least;
- well, better, best.
Good is an adjective and well is an adverb; both positives form their comparative and superlative with better and best:
- good, better, best;
- well, better, best.
Diagramming Adverbs and Grammar Definitions
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