Adverbs

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1 Bien – Bon – Bonne
2 “Beaucoup, Très or Trop”
3 Beaucoup or Très
4 Autant / Aussi ?
5 Use of Adverbs and Prepositions
6 Using Adverbs in -ment, -emment or -amment
7 Adverbs Ending in -MENT
8 The Adverbs
9 Adverbes
10 Adjective or Adverb?
11 Intensity Adverbs Exercises
12 Exercise on Adverbs
13 Placement of the Adverb: Complete Tammy’s answers to the questions using the adverb in parenth...
14 Placement of Adverbs: Complete Tammy’s answers to the questions using the adverb in parenthese...
15 Complete Tammy’s sentences with the adverbs in parentheses.
16 Complete Bette’s statements either with “il y a” to indicate how much time has pas...
17 Fill in the blank with one of the following elements: ‘bien’, ‘mieux’, ̵...
18 Fill in the blanks with one of the following elements: “en retard” (late), “à l...
19 Place the adverb in parentheses into the sentence. If the word in parentheses is an adjective, conve...
20 Place the adverb in parentheses in the sentence. If an adjective is found in parentheses, convert it...
21 Place the adverb in parentheses into the sentence. If the word in parentheses is an adjective, trans...
22 Place the adverb in parentheses in the sentence. If the word in parentheses is an adjective, transfo...
23 Translate the following French exercise explanation to English, while retaining the necessary French...
24 Place the adverbs in the right place
25 Adjective or Adverb?
26 Frequency Adverbs
27 Intensity and Manner Adverbs

What is an adverb?

An adverb is an invariable word used to modify a verb, adjective or other adverb. It clarifies or changes the meaning of these words by providing additional information.

Example:

  • She sings
    well
    .

  • It is
    very
    intelligent.

  • She runs very fast.

Different types of adverbs

2.1. Adverbs of manner

Adverbs of manner describe the way in which an action is performed. They usually answer the question, “How?”

Examples

  1. quickly
    She’s a fast walker.
    (How does it work? Quickly.)

  2. clearly
    He clearly explains his point of view.
    (How does he explain it? Clearly.)

  3. gently
    Speak softly, the baby is sleeping.
    (How to talk? Softly.)

  4. strangely
    He’s been behaving strangely lately.
    (How does he behave? Strangely.)

  5. naturally
    He breathes naturally despite his illness.
    (How does he breathe? Naturally.)

  6. precisely
    She cuts the fabric precisely.
    (How does she cut the fabric? Precisely.)

Training

Most manner adverbs are formed from adjectives. Here’s how to train them:

  1. For most adjectives: Take the feminine form of the adjective and add -ment.

    Example:

    • kindly → kindly → kindly

    • serious → sérieuse →sérieusement

  2. If the masculine adjective ends in -ant or -ent: Replace these endings with -amment or -emment.

    Example:

    • constant → constantly

    • récent → recently

  3. A few exceptions:

    • precise →precisely

    • deep →profondément

Tips

  1. Watch out for homophones! For example, “récent” becomes “récemment” (not “recently”).

  2. If you’re in any doubt about the formation of an adverb, try to think of the corresponding adjective and follow the rules above.

  3. For adjectives already ending in -ment, such as “obvious”, formation is irregular. It’s a good idea to memorize these exceptions: “obvious” gives “obviously”.

2.2. Adverbs of quantity or intensity

They indicate quantity or intensity.

Examples:

  • a lot, a little, very, enough, too much, completely, everything…

He’s very tired.
A lot of people.

2.3. Adverbs of place

They answer the question “where?” and indicate a location.

Examples:

  • here, there, everywhere, nowhere, elsewhere…

He lives far away.
She’s sitting there.

2.4. Adverbs of time

They specify the time or duration of an action.

Examples:

  • now, yesterday, tomorrow, often, always, never, sometimes…

He’ll arrive tomorrow.
I rarely do.

2.5. Adverbs of affirmation

They reinforce the idea of certainty.

Examples:

  • yes, of course, of course, certainly…

He’s certainly at home.

2.6. Adverbs of negation

They express a negation.

Examples:

  • no, don’t…not, don’t…ever, don’t…anything…

She doesn ‘t want to come.

2.7. Adverbs of doubt

They introduce the idea of uncertainty.

Examples:

  • maybe, no doubt…

Maybe he’ll come tomorrow.

Adverb formation

3.1. Using adjectives

Adverbs of manner, which say “how” an action is done, are often created from adjectives. Basically, imagine that an adjective is like a raw ingredient, and to turn it into an adverb, you add a little special touch.

Step 1: Find your feminine shape

For most adjectives, start by finding their feminine form. Why feminine? It’s simply a rule of the French language.

Examples:

  • nice (masculine) → nice (feminine)

  • happy (masculine) → heureuse (feminine)

Step 2: Add “-ment

Once you have the feminine form, add “-ment” at the end to obtain the adverb.

Examples:

  • kindkindly

  • happyfortunately

Tip: Adjectives ending in “-ent” or “-ant

For adjectives ending in “-ent” or “-ant”, the rule is a little different. Instead of using the feminine form, replace “-ent” or “-ant” directly with “-emment” or “-amment”.

Examples:

  • patientpatiently

  • constantconstantly

Summary

To make it simple: to form an adverb, take the feminine version of the adjective and add “-ment. If the adjective ends in “-ant” or “-ent”, replace this ending with “-amment” or “-emment”.

3.2. Irregular adverbs

Some adverbs are irregularly formed.

Examples:

  1. goodbien
    Example: She sings well. (She has a good voice.)

  2. badmal
    Example: He plays the piano badly. (He plays incorrectly).

  3. kindkindly
    While this is not a strict irregularity, it is worth noting that the training is not “nicely”, which could be a common mistake.

  4. brefbriefly
    Example: She briefly discussed the subject. (She spoke quickly and without dwelling on it).

  5. truereally
    Example: He’s really talented. (He really is gifted.)

  6. publicpublicly
    Example: He apologized publicly. (He apologized in public).

Tips and advice

  1. Position of the adverb: In general, adverbs are placed after the verb they modify. For example: “She sings well.”

  2. Beware of double negation: Don’t combine two negation adverbs in a sentence, unless you want to emphasize the point. For example: “I don’t know anythingis correct, but “I don ‘t know anything” is incorrect.

  3. Adverbs vs. Adjectives: Remember that adverbs modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs, while adjectives modify nouns only.

  4. Invariable adverbs: Adverbs don’t agree in gender or number.