How to Use Adverbs in Spanish

Although the Spanish language is relatively straightforward when compared to many others, learning the ins and outs of this language can be tough. Thousands of students tackle this language each year and, with so many Spanish speakers around the world, it has become a favorite in many institutions of learning. Those learning the language should know how to use adverbs in Spanish. The adverb is a word that modifies or describes a verb. The Spanish language has its own system for using adverbs correctly. Here are the basic steps for figuring out proper grammar for using adverbs in Spanish.


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    Understand the structure of a Spanish adverb. Understand how they are constructed, just like with any part of speech.
    • Usually, a Spanish adverb takes the suffix "-mente," just as in English, where adverbs take a suffix of "-ly."
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    Work on pronunciation of adverbs.
    • Study the inflections of Spanish vowel and consonant sounds. It's important to understand exactly how Spanish language speakers construct their vowel sounds. Many of these are slightly different than what English speakers or those with other native languages are used to.
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    Identify various common uses for adverbs in Spanish.
    • Consider how Spanish speakers use adverbs directly after verbs. This is the most common and established use of the Spanish adverb. For example, if someone uses the verb "correr" with the adverb "rapidamente" in a phrase like "correr rapidamente," it means someone is running fast.
    • Assess the use of adverbs after fillers in responses to questions. If someone asks a question in Spanish, the responder might use the filler "pues" which just means "and," with an adverb directly after it.
    • Look at the use of adverbs as comparatives. Similarly to English, Spanish uses adverbs in a comparative context. For example, take the phrase "worse than" in English. In Spanish, this translates to "peor que"-�here, the word "que" functions like the word "than" in English, even though the word "que" also has many other meanings in context. This is very important for Spanish learners to understand.
    • Use adverbs as imperatives. Sometimes the word stands on its own.
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    Practice using adverbs in speech. When you are comfortable with the technical use of Spanish adverbs, put them into speech context and see how well they work. In direct conversation, speakers can change anything that turns out to be wrong and fine-tune their use of Spanish parts of speech.

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