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Adverbs

An adverb is a word that describes a verb (an action or a doing word).

He ate his breakfast quickly.

The word quickly is an adverb. It tells us how he ate (the verb) his breakfast.

Adverbial phrases

Sometimes more than one word can do the adverb's job. This is called an adverbial phrase.

He ate his lunch really quickly.

A person eating quickly

The words really quickly are an adverbial phrase. Words like very, more, really and extremely are often used to make an adverb even stronger.

Where can I put an adverb?

Adverbs and adverbial phrases can come before or after a verb.

He quickly ate his lunch.

He ate his lunch quickly.

Try putting adverbs and adverbial phrases in different places in your sentences to make your writing more interesting.

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