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Grammar - Using Irregular Adverbs in Spanish

In this Spanish Difficult Review quiz you will be looking at some of the irregular adverbs found in Spanish. Before moving on to that, however, let’s review what you learned in the Spanish Medium Review quiz series about adverbs.

REGULAR ADVERBS

First, the adverbs you previously learned were regular adverbs. What does that mean? Regular adverbs are words that have the letters 'mente' added to their ending in Spanish and 'ly' in English. In Spanish, the letters of 'mente' are only added to the end of the feminine form of the word in order to make the word an adverb. For example, the word 'quick' in Spanish is 'rápido'. The feminine form is 'rápida'. Add 'mente' and you then get the Spanish word 'rápidamente' which means 'quickly'. This type of adverb is an 'Adverb of Manner'.

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When you got to the Spanish Difficult Review quiz series you then learned about 'Comparative Adverbs' and 'Superlative Adverbs'. Again, the rules surrounding both of those types of adverbs were based upon the adverb being a regular adverb. However, just as Spanish has regular and irregular verbs, it also has regular and irregular adverbs.

IRREGULAR ADVERBS

There are probably more irregular adverbs than regular in Spanish. You have actually learned about two of the irregular adverbs in this Spanish Difficult Review series. Those two irregular adverbs were the words of good (bueno) and bad (malo). In the comparative form, good becomes mejor and bad becomes peor. With that in mind, this quiz is going to focus on a some of the other more common irregular adverbs. Note that there are no specific rules to follow when it comes to irregular adverbs. Therefore, they will all have to simply be memorized. Yes, we feel your pain but, together, we will all get through it! Now for some irregular adverbs.

ENGLISH SPANISH
a lot mucho / mucha
ago hace
almost / mostly casi
always siempre
already ya
badly mal
barely / hardly apenas
now ahora
last night anoche
later más tardes
never nunca
next week semana próxima
occasionally de vez en cuando
quite bastante
rarely rara vez
right now ahora mismo
soon pronto
still aún
then entonces
this morning esta mañana
today hoy
together juntos (note that the J sounds like an H)
tonight esta noche
tomorrow mañana
too demasiado
usually por lo general and/or normalmente
very muy
yesterday ayer
yet todavía

Please note that the words más and menos are not used with irregular comparatives! However, with irregular superlatives the definite article is still used!

QUIZ TIME

Now that you have had a chance to review some of the irregular adverbs it is time to move onto the quiz section. Each quiz sentence contains an English adverb. Your task is to find the correct Spanish translation of the given adverb. Note that the adverb in the sentence will not be shown to you in capitalized letters. Therefore, you will need to pay close attention to find which word in the sentence is the adverb.

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  1. The Johnsons barely know the Whittakers.
    The irregular adverb in this sentence is barely and in Spanish that is apenas.
  2. Mother said we could see the movie next week.
    The irregular adverb in this sentence is next week and in Spanish that is semana próxima.
  3. We can all work together.
    The irregular adverb in this sentence is together and in Spanish that is juntos.
  4. We go out to eat occasionally.
    The irregular adverb in this sentence is occasionally and in Spanish that is de vez en cuando.
  5. I never win the lottery.
    The irregular adverb in this sentence is never and in Spanish that is nunca.
  6. We will soon meet our goal.
    The irregular adverb in this sentence is soon and in Spanish that is pronto.
  7. Philip has a lot of homework.
    The irregular adverb in this sentence is a lot and in Spanish that is mucha. Notice it is in the feminine form because it describes homework (tarea in Spanish which is feminine).
  8. Do you still love me?
    The irregular adverb in this sentence is still and in Spanish that is aún.
  9. She already paid the bill.
    The irregular adverb in this sentence is already and in Spanish that is ya.
  10. This doctor is always on time!
    The irregular adverb in this sentence is always and in Spanish that is siempre.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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