|Although endings, gradability
and comparison allow us to identify many adverbs, there still remains a
very large number of them which cannot be identified in this way. In fact,
taken as a whole, the adverb class is the most diverse of all the word
classes, and its members exhibit a very wide range of forms and functions.
Many semantic classifications of adverbs have been made, but here we will
concentrate on just three of the most distinctive classes, known collectively
as circumstantial adverbs.
Many adverbs convey information
about the manner, time, or place of an event or action. MANNER adverbs tell
us how an action is or should be performed:
TIME adverbs denote not only specific
times but also frequency:
She sang loudly in
The sky quickly grew
They whispered softly
I had to run fast to
catch the bus
And finally, PLACE adverbs indicate
I'll be checking out tomorrow
Give it back, now!
John rarely rings
I watch television sometimes
These three adverb types -- manner, time, and place
-- are collectively known as CIRCUMSTANTIAL ADVERBS. They express one of
the circumstances relating to an event or action - how it happened
(manner), when it happened (time), or where it happened (place).
Put the box there, on
I've left my gloves somewhere
In each of the following sentences, indicate
whether the highlighted word is an adverb of manner, time, or place.
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