Adverbs Part 1: Modifying verbs

Learning new grammar topics can be very tricky. Fortunately, you have our blogs to help you along the way! In this blog, we are going to talk about adverbs and how to use them.

What are adverbs? Chances are you have already used them! In this blog we will talk about the first way we can use them is to describe verbs, which is what we will learn about today.

Adverbs can often modify verbs – which means that they describe the way an action is happening. Let’s see some examples.

John dances gracefully when he sings.
My doctor spoke to me seriously yesterday.
I arrived early to my meeting today.

In these examples, we can see that the adverb asks: in what way:

How does John sing? He sings gracefully!
How did my doctor speak? He spoke seriously!
Did I arrive on time? No, I arrived early!
Let’s test your knowledge with a little quiz on adverbs!

Modifying verbs | QUIZ

Choose the correct answer.

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Negation

Has there ever been a time where you wanted to talk about something that you do not like? What about something that you could not do? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you used something called a negative!
“But I am a positive person” No, not that kind of negative! Today we are going to talk about negation in grammar.

To form a negative sentence in English, we must negate the auxiliary verb (which means adding not). Let’s look at some examples:

She could wear high heels —— She could not (or couldn’t) wear high heels.

But what if there is no auxiliary verb? Well, all we have to do is add do!

She wears high heels ——- she does not wear high heels.

But what happens if we have the be verb? Good question! If we are using to be, we add not as well!
She was on the street —- She was not on the street.

Are you ready to try a little quiz? Let’s practice.

Negation quiz

Try to negate these sentences.

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No and None – Negative determiners

What exactly is a determiner? A determiner is a phrase or word that occurs together with a noun and expresses the reference of that noun in context. Simply put, a determiner is word in front of a noun that shoes us what the noun is talking about! In this blog we are going to talk about two common negative determiners NO and NONE.

 

The negative determiner NO is used directly before nouns: it means not one or not any.

I have NO time to waste (not any time)

The sign says NO dogs allowed (not one dog)

 

None is a pronoun which means not one of a group of people, or things. None is also used with a noun.

They have got plenty of apples, but I have none (no apples)

I tried to grab a donut this morning, but there were none left (not one donut was left)

 

Let’s test your knowledge with a little quiz!

No or None?

Try to complete the sentences.

 

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