Welcome to 15mins.today the home of English Shadowing. I am your host Gavin, and this is In-Tense Episode 65. Well guys were on the last episode of adverbs. Thank goodness, almost done, done, done, done. Unfortunately, it is not an easy one, just like the previous one, where adverbs that describe adjectives, we are now looking at adverbs that describe other adverbs. So, it could be something, something, something,adverb, adverb, and then a verb.
OK, so how will I do this? I will do it the same as I did the previous one. I will search for that on Google to find examples because it's not something I'm aware of on a daily basis. It's very, very difficult, so that's all I can tell you about it. There's no quick or easy way, you just look at it and you think, oh that's an adverb and that's an adverb. So, an adverb that describes another adverb. Again, I will underline them as usual in the transcript for you to find, but let's just look at the one example I've got on hand and that is,” They sang so clearly.” There's the ly, but the so is also an adverb. So, what will I do now? I will go online, find examples and ask you some questions. Just follow the questions. OK, let's do this!
Is John almost always busy? Yes, he is almost always busy.
Is John almost always busy? No, he is not almost always busy.
Did Mary answer the question quite easily? Yes, she answered it quite easily.
Did Mary answer the question quite easily? No, she did not answer it quite easily.
Does your grandmother speak very loudly? Yes, she speaks very loudly.
Does your grandmother speak very loudly? No, she does not speak very loudly.
Did Peter arrive too soon? Yes, he arrived too soon.
Did Peter arrive too soon? No, he did not arrive too soon.
Did Jane finish the test more quickly? Yes, she finished the test more quickly.
Did Jane finish the test more quickly? No, she did not finish the test more quickly.
Did they leave quite abruptly? Yes, they left quite abruptly.
Did they leave quite abruptly? No, they did not leave quite abruptly.
Does James tread very carefully. Yes, he treads very carefully.
Does James tread very carefully? No, he does not tread very carefully.
Did Gregory do especially well. Yes, he did especially well.
Did Gregory do especially well. No, he did not do especially well.
Does Don drive extremely fast? Yes, he drives extremely fast.
Does Don drive extremely fast? No, he does not drive extremely fast.
Did Sara smile especially sweetly? Yes, she smiled especially sweetly.
Did Sara smile especially sweetly? No, she did not smile. especially sweetly.
Did the government act surprisingly swiftly. Yes, the government acted surprisingly swiftly.
Did the government act surprisingly swiftly? No, the government did not act surprisingly swiftly.
Were you definitely late? Yes, I was definitely late.
Were you definitely late? No, I was not definitely late.
Well there you go guys. Some examples of adverbs describing other adverbs. I used the examples off the Internet. I used the same list that I actually used for adverbs that describe adjectives, because if they are adverbs and they can be used to describe other adverbs as well. So, I will underline those adverbs in the examples. I hope this helped you. Practice, practice, practice, even if you are not really interested in the grammar part of it. Just practice the questions and the answers. OK, if you can answer them correctly you will be fine. So, I hope to catch you in the next one and hopefully next time we do something that makes a bit more sense and doesn't give me a headache again for trying to do this. OK, take care and I'll catch you in the next episode. Bye, bye!