Negation: Adverbs for intermediate learners

In this lesson, we will learn about negative structures with adverbs. Do we have negative adverbs?

Negation of Adverbs in the English Grammar

What Are Negative Adverbs?

Negative adverbs are words that modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs to express the absence or denial of something.

Negative Adverbs

Some adverbs have negative meanings. Take a look at the list below:

  • Seldom
  • Scarcely
  • Never
  • Hardly
  • Barely

Now, let us look at some examples below:

She hardly skipped class.

They never cancel plans.

If these negative adverbs are used at the beginning of the sentences, we must change the place of the subject and the verb. Study the following examples carefully:

Hardly was she able to come out of her room. (She was hardly able to...)

Little do they care about you.

Barely does Donald talk to his classmates.


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