Adverbs: This vs. That! How Was It Done?

Contributor: Jennifer Blanchard. Lesson ID: 13807

Adverbs can be used to compare two or more things. How do they do it? Jump into this lesson more quickly than most to find out!



English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Beaver, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Here is a good joke for you!

kangaroo joke

  • Do you get it?

Keep reading to find out what this joke has to do with this lesson!

  • What does a jumping kangaroo have to do with this lesson?

The word higher is an adverb that describes the verb jump.

  • What is an adverb?

Adverbs compare verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. Watch this video to learn more.

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Adverbs describe adjectives and verbs, so it is important to understand those parts of speech.

If you need a review, watch the following videos.

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Check out some examples of adverbs describing adjectives, verbs, or other adverbs:

We saw an unusually tall building.

  • Unusually is the adverb that helps explain the adjective tall.

My teacher is exceptionally kind.

  • Significantly is the adverb that describes the adjective kind.

She cheerfully sang a song.

  • Cheerfully is the adverb that describes the verb sang.

The dog dashed.

  • Quickly is the adverb that tells how the dog ran. Ran is the verb.

The movie ended too soon.

  • Too is the adverb that describes the adverb soon.

Adverbs can also be used when discussing two or more different verbs, adjectives, or adverbs.

They help you compare and contrast or know what's the same and different. Here are some examples:

  • The elephant slept calmly.
  • The giraffe slept wildly.
  • The baby slept more soundly than the elephant.

To form these adverbs that compare, you have to use -er at the end of the base part of the adverb or use the words more or less before the adverb.

Look at examples.

Carly runs faster than her teammate.

  • Faster is the adverb. We had to add an -er to the end of fast when comparing.

The principal writes more carefully than the student.

  • Carefully is the adverb. We had to add more words before it when comparing.

Great job!

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Head over to the Got It? section to see and work with more examples!

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