An adverb is a part of speech that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
Adverbs give us information like when, where, how, to what extent, or under what conditions, or in what manner.
Many adverbs end in "ly". So, some of them are easy to find. But, remember that not all adverbs end in "ly".
How do I know if the word is an adverb?
1) Does the word provide more information about the action of the sentence, or the verb?
2) Does the word provide more information about an adjective in the sentence?
3) Does this word answer the questions "how, when, where, why, to what extent, in what manner, or under what conditions"?
Remember that prepositional phrases can function as adverbs, so often, prepositions are giving us information about when and where.
Examples of adverbs:
Examples of adverbs in a sentence with explanations:
1) Joseph ran fast. (Fast tells us "to what extent" or "how" Joseph ran.)
2) Let's go to the party afterwards. (Afterwards tells us "when" we'll go.)
More examples of adverbs in a sentence:
1) Kristy was very sleepy. (tells us how sleepy)
2) Go to bed now. (tells us when)
3) This pie is surprisingly good. (tells us how good)
4) Please try harder. (tells us to what extent to try)
5) Marie is always on time. (tells us when Marie is on time)
6) Yesterday, we learned about multiplication. (tells us when we learned)
7) I like to eat ice cream sometimes. (tells us when)
8) Please walk across the street. (tells us where)