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That’s about all there is to say on the subject of adverbs and adverb groups. Not bad!

To sum up:

  • Adverbs are qualities that describe actions, events, processes and other qualities.
  • Adverbs can appear at different points in a sentence.
  • Adverbs can be combined into adverb groups.
  • Adverbs can be intensified by other adverbs.
  • Adverb groups are usually only one or two words long, but they can be longer.
  • Some multi-word adverbs contain other word types (like the noun in 'all day').
  • Adverbs of manner commonly end in -ly, but not always, and there are many other adverbs that don't end in -ly.
  • Adverbs help us express manner, timing, location, and probability of actions.
  • Adverbs are very flexible words, which means adverbial grammar can become quite complex—so it's okay to be a little hand-wavey at times.

That's it! Well done!

Stop for a moment and look at whatever is happening around you.

  • If you were to capture the quality of that action in a word or two, what would you choose?
  • What if you wanted to describe the action in more detail—what details would you pick out?

Pick any random passage and see how the writer conveys the quality of any action. Are they spare or expressive? Compressed or expanded? Are there any obvious adverbs at work? Are there any of our less-obvious adverbs helping to communicate timing or location?

What books did we use in this lesson?

We used a few, but here are the main ones:

R.J. Palacio's Wonder follows the school life of a boy, Auggie, who has an extraordinary facial difference, and is attending a mainstream school for the first time in grade 5.

Boy is Roald Dahl's memoir of his childhood, featuring sweet-shops, mean old ladies and a Great Mouse Plot. We also used snippets from Roald Dahl's novel the Fantastic Mr Fox, about a fox who cleverly outwits a band of farmers.

In Jasper Dash and the Flame Pits of Delaware, boy technonaut Jasper Dash and his friends go on a grand adventure full of lost cities, tentacles, gangsters and dinosaurs.

The Giver is about a boy who has been chosen to remember and experience individuality and emotion in a world where all variation has been eradicated.

a swordsman, a robot and a little person carrying a large gem escape from a giant flying monster and its insectile minions

See you next time! 👋