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Backingvocals Sat 27-Feb-16 11:36:39

Dd (y4) has this grammar homework


This isn't her school but I happened to find the same homework online.

And I can't understand question 6 on the second page about bumble bees. Bewildered is an adjective. Are they supposed to say "firstly" ? Doesn't seem like a great example of an adverb. Any thoughts?

spanieleyes Sat 27-Feb-16 12:05:14

Firstly is an adverb of time( although one I try to persuade my class not to overuse!!)

Backingvocals Sat 27-Feb-16 12:17:03

I guess that's the answer they are looking for but it seems very odd as an example as its not at all obvious to a class of 8 and 9 yos why it's an adverb.

spanieleyes Sat 27-Feb-16 12:41:52

Children this age should be taught that there are different types of adverbs. They normally start with adverbs of manner as these are the ones that younger children will use regularly but after that children need to be taught about the alternative types of adverbs

Adverbs of manner mainly modify verbs and tell us the way in which something happens: accidentally, angrily, anxiously, awkwardly, badly, beautifully, blindly

Adverbs of place mainly modify verbs and tell us where something happens: about, above, abroad, anywhere, away, back, backwards

Adverbs of time mainly modify verbs and tell us when something happens: always, constantly, ever, frequently, generally, infrequently, never

Adverbs of degree can modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs, and tell us the extent to which something happens: almost, absolutely, completely, entirely, mainly

caroldecker Sat 27-Feb-16 12:49:47

It ends in 'ly', which is a common marker for adverbs.

spanieleyes Sat 27-Feb-16 13:30:11

We try not to teach that as many adjectives also end in ly ( and also many adverbs DON'T end in ly!!) and so there can be some confusion So we teach the function of the adverb as a modifier of how, in what way, when, where, and to what extent something is done rather than with a specific ending.

Backingvocals Sat 27-Feb-16 14:28:26

Ok that makes sense. I didn't know about modifiers of time etc. I only knew about softly, slowly etc. I'm pretty sure DD hasn't covered this at school but I can consolidate this at home now I know.

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