Adverbs

Adverbs

Learning Objectives 

  • Be able to use adverbs in a sentence
  • Forming adverbs in “-ment” 
  • Learn common adverbs (intensity, frequency etc.)

Supplemental resources: more adverbs

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Key Words & Phrases

Bien ≠ Mal
Lentement ≠ rapidement/vite
d’habitude/généralement ≠ exceptionnellement
Gentiment ≠ méchamment

Beaucoup ≠ peu
Bon ≠ Mauvais

Quelque part ≠ nulle part
Partout
Ailleurs
Ici ≠ là/là-bas

Learn

Forming adverbs of manner

Formation of adverbs

Placement of adverbs

About France: Adverbs

Grammar Collins Dictionary: Placement of adverbs

ThoughtCo: Type and placement of adverbs

French linguistics: Forming adverbs

Watch

YouLearnFrench: Forming adverbs of manner

Learn French with Alexa: Useful adverbs

Learn French with Elsa: Adverbs

Read

FrenchPod101: Adverbs

Grammar Collins Dictionary: Formation of adverbs

ThoughtCo: French adverbs of manner

Lingolia: Position of adverbs in French

BBC Bitesize: adverbs of time and place

Cliffsnotes: adverbial expressions

Talk in French: list of common adverbs

Practice

Lingolia: Right or Wrong exercise on adverb placement

Tex’s French Grammar: practice adverb placement

Learn French with Alexa: practice adverb formation

To learn French: practice adverb formation

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

  • Adverb challenge! Your pen pal, Antoine, has written about his morning. He has used a lot of adverbs… Can you try to include as many in your answer to him?

Salut !

Il neige rarement ici, mais aujourd’hui, exceptionnellement, il neige. La neige devient vite de la boue partout en ville, mais il faut quand même faire attention. Je ne conduis pas très souvent, surtout quand il neige. Parfois, je vais au travail à pied, mais généralement, je prends le bus. Je dois attendre le bus debout dans le froid pendant longtemps, car il est en retard. Heureusement, je pars toujours suffisamment tôt de chez moi donc je suis toujours à l’heure au travail ! Maintenant, tout va bien. Je suis bientôt au bureau, et j’ai même assez de temps pour prendre un café avant de commencer !

Bonne journée et à très vite,

Antoine.

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

  • Choose at least 5 adverbs (you can use this list for ideas) and write them down, not showing them to your partner. Ask your partner to do the same. Choose a topic of conversation (your day, a film, etc.). Both of you have to try to use the adverbs you have chosen throughout the conversation, as “naturellement” as possible. 
  • Make it a game! 

If either one of you “busts” the other using an adverb, shout “adverbe” (with a French accent, bien sûr). If the adverb is on their list, the buster gets a point! If the adverb is not on their list, the buster loses a point.

  • Do not hesitate to ask your French-speaking partner to read and explain Antoine’s message if it needs clarifying! You can also ask them to have a look at your answer to make sure you got your adverb placement right!

Independent Speaking Exercise:

Pick at least 5 adverbs found in this lesson (again, you can use this list for inspiration), and make sentences using them. Try to form at least one affirmative sentence, one negative sentence, and one question.

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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