Welcome to 15mins.today the home of English Shadowing. I am your host Gavin and this is In-Tense Episode 64. Welcome guys, so today is going to be a very quick one. Last week we did adverbs and we looked at adverbs and what do they do? They describe verbs that is their job, adjectives describe nouns and adverbs describe verbs.
Unfortunately it's not that simple. It never is with English grammar, so little did I know that adverbs also describe adjectives. Ah, yeah, so we're going to do a quick one and we're going to do some examples, and that's going to be it. So, it is something to the effect. Let me look for an example. I promise you, for this one I will have to look online myself because when I did grammar at school, they never taught me this one. We just did adverbs as describing verbs.
OK, let's go, the example I have is: “Sam had an unbelievably huge appetite for chicken.” So, the unbelievably you recognize the adverbthere, it's got the ly and then huge is actually an adjective describing his appetite, the appetite is the noun. So, what I will do for this is I will go online. I will Google “adverbs that describe, adverbs, oops > adjectives.” So, see I'm losing my mind myself and I will use those examples to do the questions. So, is this an odd one, yeah, I wouldn't worry about this so much. I mean if I was doing this in a test, I would probably fail this part. I would like. Yeah, well, unbelievably OK. That looks like an adverb, I would say to myself, but you know what? Let's just do the examples and hopefully we can find the ly and again, repeat, repeat, repeat, follow the grammar of the question. OK, let's get started.
Is Joanne very sleepy? Yes, she is very sleepy.
Is Joanne very sleepy? No, she is not very sleepy.
Did the incredibly happy boy smile? Yes, the incredibly happy boy smiled.
Did the incredibly happy boy smile? No, the incredibly happy boy did not smile.
Is the answer completely wrong? Yes, the answer is completely wrong.
Is the answer completely wrong? No, the answer is not completely wrong.
Is it an amazingly beautiful place? Yes, it is an amazingly beautiful place.
Is it an amazingly beautiful place? No, it is not an amazingly beautiful place.
Was it strangely quiet? Yes, it was strangely quiet.
Was it strangely quiet? No, it was not strangely quiet.
Is the company highly profitable? Yes, it is highly profitable.
Is the company highly profitable? No, it is not highly profitable.
Is the snake extremely dangerous? Yes, it is extremely dangerous.
Is the snake extremely dangerous? No, it is not extremely dangerous.
Was the answer definitely wrong? Yes, it was definitely wrong.
Was the answer definitely wrong? No, it was not definitely wrong.
Was John's report unsurprisingly good? Yes, his report was, unsurprisingly, good.
Was John's report unsurprisingly good? No, it was not, unsurprisingly good.
Is Peter dreadfully tired? Yes, he is dreadfully tired.
Is Peter dreadfully tired? No, he is not dreadfully tired.
Are you terribly upset? Yes, I am terribly upset.
Are you terribly upset? No, I am not terribly upset.
Is Lucy quite happy? Yes, she is quite happy
is Lucy quite happy? No, she is not quite happy.
Well there you go guys, I'm gonna stop there. I'm getting a headache from trying to think of these things. So I searched as I said on Google for examples and if you search then you go look at images. I bet you will find those words that I just used. So for your reference I actually found a little list of words that are commonly adverbs, and they are the following: too, as in too, extremely, dangerously, completely, dreadfully, very, intirely, definitely, unsurprisingly, suddenly, quite, unusually, especially, terribly, and dreadfully.
Well, so there you go. There's a list of common adverbs that describe adjectives. I hope that helps you, as I said, this is something that would drive me up the wall if I had to find them. The only hope you have is that little ly, and sometimes that does not appear. You will see in some other examples there's one like quite, “I'm quite happy.” That does not have at ly, so it's difficult. OK, so just follow the grammar, answer your questions accordingly. If someone says, “Are you terribly tired?” You just say, “Yes, I am terribly tired.” or “No, I am not terribly tired.” Don't worry about that so much. I hope that was helpful. Practice, practice, practice and I will catch you in the next episode. Bye.