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Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.

Common French adverbs include:

assez— rather
beaucoup— much; a lot
bien— well
mal— badly
peu— little; not very
trèes— very
trop— too; too much;
lentement— slowly
vite— fast; quickly
presque— almost
tellment— so (extremely)

French adverbs associated with time include:

maintenant— now
tout de suite— right now
plus tard— later
deja— already
tot— early
tard— late
encore— still; yet
quelquefois— sometimes
rarement— rarely
très peu— rarely, hardly ever
souvent— often
toujours— always
quelquefois— sometimes
en ce moment— right now
tout a l'heure— in a while

French adverbs associated with spatial relationships include:

a droite— xxxxxxxx
a gauche— xxxxxxxx
a l'arriere— xxxxxxxx
a l'exterieur— xxxxxxxx
au fond— xxxxxxxx
dehors— xxxxxxxx
en event— xxxxxxxx
en face de— xxxxxxxx
en bas— xxxxxxxx
la— xxxxxxxx
la-bas— xxxxxxxx
la haut— xxxxxxxx
loin— xxxxxxxx
pres— xxxxxxxx
tout pres— xxxxxxxx

Many French adverbs are formed from adjectives, using the suffix -ment. This corresponds to the suffix "-ly" in English.

When -ment is added to a masculine adjective, and the adjective ends in a consonant, the adjective is converted to the feminine form in order to accept the suffix:

doux / doucedoucement
heureux / heureusehuereusement
lent / lentelentement

Adjectives ending in -ent or -ant take on the suffixes -emment and -amment:


Comparatives and Superlatives

Note the French equivalents for the English "more ____ than," "as _____ as," "less ______ than." In French, the indirect object (i.e., the compared noun) is introduced with a que:

Vous jouez le piano aussi bien que ma souer. — You play the piano as well as my sister.
Il parle plus lentement que vous.— He speaks more slowly than you.

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