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Use Adverbs Carefully
« on: August 19, 2019, 06:25:34 PM »
Use Adverbs Carefully

All parts of speech have their uses: adjectives, verbs, adverbs, etc. It's easy to overuse them.

Unfortunately, people tend to overuse adverbs. And they are the part of speech most likely to clutter your sentence .

We use the ‑ly ending to add to adjectives to convert them to adverbs. Thus, the adjective easy becomes the adverb easily, the adjective rapid becomes the adverb rapidly, and the adjective careful becomes the adverb carefully. But many adverbs do not have the ‑ly ending

Adjectives and adverbs are modifiers. Adjectives modify nouns whereas adverbs modify verbs, other adverbs, adjectives, phrases, and clauses. In fact, an adverb can modify an entire sentence; maybe that explains why they are overused.

Rules for Using Adverbs

1.If you delete an adverb and the meaning of a sentence doesn't change, remove it.
2.If you delete an adverb and the sentence weakens, try finding a stronger expression.
3.If an adverb modifies a verb, try picking a more accurate verb and delete the adverb.
4.When in doubt, delete your adverb.

List of 1531 Adverbs
http://www.esldesk.com/vocabulary/adverbs
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