Adverbs are the words in a sentence used to describe verbs to intensify the meaning of the sentence. In a sense, adjectives and adverbs are very similar in structure when it comes to the way they must be used in a sentence to avoid serious mistakes that can change the meaning of a sentence.

There is enough similarity that it is possible to form adverbs from adjectives through simply adding an “ly” to the end of the adjective. For example “The quick rabbit ran the race,” describes that the rabbit was quick, but it never specifies whether the rabbit ran the race slowly, quickly, or at average speed. “The rabbit quickly ran the race,” sounds more like the rabbit completed the race quickly and just continued on with its day.

There are several different kinds of adverbs such as modifiers and intensifiers. A list of adverbs in the modifiers group can include words such as quickly, slowly, barely, and fairly. They can describe frequency, location and time. Intensifier adverbs examples often do not end in “ly’ but include too, quite, rather, and very.

Adjectives and adverbs shouldn’t be overdone though. Too many can cause an otherwise good piece of writing to appear very overdone and sloppy.

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