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    Spanish Adverbs

    Beginner+ Spanish - Level A2

    Overview

    An adverb is a word that complements or can modify a verb, an adjective or even other adverbs. Adverbs are divided according to the change they perform in a sentence. In the following lesson, you will learn about the different types of adverbs in Spanish and how to use them properly.

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    Spanish-Adverbs

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    Spanish A2

    An adverb is a word that complements or modifies the verb, an adjective or another adverb. They are similar to adjectives, however, adverbs describe how an action is taking place if it is slow, or with difficulty, or fast. Examples of Adverbs are quickly, softly. Notice that most of them end in“Ly.” In Spanish, the ending for the adverb is “mente.”

    First you change the adjective to the feminine form of the word, and simply add “mente,” to the end of the word.

    Adjective                            

    Feminine                    

    Add “mente”

    Rápido   - fast                        

    Rápida                        

    Rapidamente

    Lento     - slow                      

    Lenta                            

    Lentamente

    Suave   - soft                        

    Suave                        

    Suavemente

    Absoluto - definitely                

    Absoluta                      

    Absolutamente

     

    There are other adverbs which describe how an action occurs and that are unique to Spanish:

    Me lo sé de memoria - I know it by heart

    Lo hicimos a escondidas - We did it secretly

    De repente salimos a correr - Suddenly we went out running

    If you want to describe to someone the manner in which something took place, you will use an adverb. They are written in the same form and do not change according to gender or number because they modify adjectives not nouns. Adverbs are placed after the verb.

    It is easy to identify an adverb in a sentence because all you have to do is ask yourself questions like: when, how, when, where, how long, how often; and look at your sentence for the answer. Your word which tells you how things happened, is your adverb.

     

    If you want to let someone know when or how often an action occurs, you can use these adverbs:

    A menudo - Often

    Ella se tarda a menudo - She is late often

     

    Al final - At the end

    Encontrarás una maleta al final de la calle -

     

    De día - During the day 

    You will find a suitcase at the end of the street.

     

    De noche - At night

    Voy a la tienda de noche- I go to the store at night

     

    De vez en cuando - Once in a while

    Yo voy a la playa de vez en cuando.

     

    Adverbs that describe where an action occurs:

    A la derecha - To the right

    En ninguna parte - Nowhere

    A la izquierda - To the left

    En otra parte - In another part

    De arriba a abajo - Up and down

    En casa - At home

    Por aquí - This way

    Hay parques en todas partes. There are parks everywhere.

    Vamos al cine después de estudiar. Let’s go to the movies after studying.

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