Using adverbs and adverbial phrases

Learning focus

To use adverbs and adverbial phrases to add description to verbs.

This lesson contains:

  • two videos to help you understand adverbs and adverbial phrases

  • two activities.


Watch this short clip to learn what adverbs are and how they are used.

Learn about adverbs.

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

Adverbs often end in -ly.

For example: He ate his breakfast quickly.

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

Where to place adverbs?

Adverbs can come before or after a verb.

He quickly ate his breakfast.

He ate his breakfast quickly.

By changing the place of adverbs in sentences it makes a piece of writing more interesting to read.

Watch this clip to learn about the difference between adverbs and adverbial phrases.

Learn about adverbial phrases.

An adverbial phrase is like an adverb, it adds more information to the sentence, but it uses more than one word to describe the verb.

For example: The farmer drove the tractor in the evening.

Adverbs and adverbial phrases can describe how, when or where a verb is done.

How = The bees flew wildly.

When = The bees flew all of a sudden.

Where = The bees flew through the air.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Highlight all the adverbs that are used in each sentence in the game below.

Remember: Adverbs describe a verb. If you find the verb, it’s easier to find the adverb.

Activity 2

Write five of your own sentences about what the gorilla monster in the first video got up to in the town.

Use adverbs and adverbial phrases to add description to your sentences.

Then underline all the adverbs you used in one colour and all the adverbial phrases you used in another colour.

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