Adverbs of Manner describe how an action of a verb is done. For example, “Yohanne plays the flute,” tells us nothing more than the fact that he plays the instrument. However, by adding an Adverb of Manner, we can describe how he plays the flute.
Yohanne plays flute melodically.
“Yohanne plays the flute slowly.”
“Yohanne plays the flute badly.”
“Yohanne plays the flute quickly.”
Notice that the Adverb is underlined. In many ways, they are like an Adjective, they describe something, however, an Adjective is used to describe a noun.
When you think about it, Adverbs of Manner are useful because they allow the speaker to include extra details in descriptions. They make what the Speaker says more interesting and dynamic. For example:
“Yohanne plays flute melodically,” sounds poetic. This statement shows the contrast between a musician playing badly and well.
Adverb of manner is an adverb that described how and in what manner the action of a verb takes place. Such as quickly, slowly, badly, etc.
How to use the Irregular adverb of Manner- Hard
As you may know, Adverbs of Manner describe how an action is done. And, today’s word, “hard” is an irregular Adverb of Manner.
Unlike other words, the spelling of Irregular Adverbs of Manner doesn’t change when used to describe an action. And so, it’s incorrect to say “I work hardly,” although adding ly to “hard” seems like the correct way to conjugate the word. It’s worth noting that, hardly is an Adverb of Frequency, not Manner. It means to do something rarely.
As for using the Adjective of Manner “hard” in a sentence correctly, it can be placed after any Verb to state that the person doing the action is putting the most effort in. For example, you can “play ball,” or “play ball hard.” A team member who “plays ball hard” is doing their best.
We Like Bands that Play Hard
Getting to the theme of this article, this writer likes bands that “play hard,” to borrow a line from David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel. A band that “plays it hard (as the song goes)” puts all their energy into performing on stage.
The Possessive Form demonstrates the relationship between two or more objects (physical things, not sentence endings). These sentences are loaded with Nouns, Proper Nouns, and Pronouns. And so, it’s essential to understand the difference between a Proper Noun and a Pronoun to construct Possessive Form sentences.
Pronouns take the place of a Noun. They are found in a sentence’s Subject as words like “his, her, she” and “theirs.” But, Proper Nouns are specific, capitalized nouns. They may be something like Dr. Smith.
Let’s look at some Possessive Form sentences:
“Dr. Smith’s cat is at Eric’s house” demonstrates a relationship between “Dr. Smith’s cat” and Eric’s house,” our two Possessive Nouns. And so, our Verb Phrase is “is at.”
Here’s another example of a Possessive Form Sentence:
Hey readers! Or should I say, hey curious readers! What did I just do? I threw an adjective in the same sentence. Which word was an adjective? If you guessed the word “curious”, you got it right! The word “curious” is used as an adjective. Most of us use adjectives when we speak, without realizing we just used them. Let’s understand what an adjective is.
Definition of Adjectives:
An adjective is a part of speech. Adjectives are words that describe a noun. We use them in sentences to give a noun a description. Such as just saying a house, we can describe the house as, “A large house”. Adjectives are our way of telling people what things around us are like.
The simple way to check if a sentence has an adjective, is to just question yourself, do the sentence you read or hear describe a person, place, animal, thing, or idea? If it does, then the describing word is an adjective.
Adjective examples in sentences:
Sheena is wearing a soft green dress.
Addie is wearing a square glass.
Ryo is a brave boy.
The tiger is a ferocious animal.
This museum has ancient artifacts.
Let’s practice a few sentences:
Try filling in the blanks with adjective/adjectives.
The room was filled with ………………balloons. (colorful/ lot of/ no)
The party was filled with …………….people. (noisy/ lot of/ less)
Sam got me a bag of ……………….apples. ( red/ one/ more)
The teacher sat on a ………….chair. (wooden/ teacher’s)
Idioms are a group of words that signifies/ has a meaning together as a set phrase or is usually symbolic to an expression. It does not have a direct meaning of words individually used.
For example, the idiom, “See red” does not mean a person sees anything that is red in color, it is just symbolic to signify anger. This signifies that the person is very angry.
5 Popular Idioms with Examples
Once in a blue moon: A rare occurrence. Example: My boss considers appraisals once in a blue moon.
On cloud nine: To be ecstatic or joyful. Example: I was on cloud nine with my promotion in hand.
Hand in glove: To be closely associated with or in collaboration with someone for completing an action. Example: The team is working hand in glove with other departments to achieve company sales targets.
Flesh and blood: Refers a relation or direct family members, to be directly related to another having the same DNA. Example: Shaina couldn’t punish her sons for their actions as they were her own flesh and blood
Second hand: Not of original source, not new. Example: It is a wise idea to buy a renewed or a second-hand gadget if in a good condition.
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