German adverbial phrases

German Adverbial Phrases

German adverbial phrases

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An adverb is a word that modifies the meaning of a verb, and an adverbial phrase is a combination of words that perform the same function. The German language includes several different kinds of adverbial phrases.

Native adverbs

Many adverbs are not derived from an adjective. Often they have very important meanings. For example, nicht, leider or gerne ("not", "unfortunately", "gladly").

Accusative nouns with adverbial meaning

The duration or the spatial extent of a verb's action can be expressed by a nominal expression in the accusative case.

Das Kind malte die ganze Zeit Bilder ("The child was painting pictures all the time")

Adverbial forms of adjectives

Adverb formation is simpler in German than most other languages. An adverb is simply the uninflected form of the adjective (or participle). This holds for the positive, comparative and superlative forms.

schnell ("fast, quickly")
groß ("big, substantially")
fließend ("fluent, fluently")
schneller ("faster, more quickly")
am schönsten ("most beautiful, most beautifully")
fließender ("more fluent, more fluently")

The adverb can be used to describe actions, adjectives or other adverbs. Comparative and superlative forms are unusual in the last two situations.

Der Vogel fliegt schnell ("the bird flies fast")
Der Vogel fliegt am schnellsten ("the bird flies the fastest")
Der schrecklich hohe Berg.......

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