Adverbs are used to modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs.
Adverbs are invariable and are usually placed before or after the word they modify
An adverb usually answers the questions how/when/where/why.
|Ele fala bem português.||He speaks Portuguese well.|
|Não vou à aula porque estou doente.||I will not go to class because I am sick.|
|Ela chegou ontem.||She arrived yesterday.|
Adverbs ending in –mente correspond to adverbs ending in –ly in English.
These adverbs also come from adjectives as in English.
|principal||principalmente||main > mainly|
|imediato > imediata||imediatamente||immediate > immediately|
There are also some adjectives in Portuguese which can be used as adverbs.
|Fale mais alto.||Speak louder.|
|Anda rápido!||Walk fast!|
Remark: Adjectives used as adverbs are invariable.
If an adverb has more than one word it is called adverbial phrase. A adverbial phrase normally begins with a preposition and it is like an expression you have to memorize.
|à direita||on the right|
|de manhã||in the morning|