English word of the day: ABSENTMINDEDLY

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Hi students! Welcome to the last week of our special word of the day series. In the past three weeks we’ve learned some interesting nouns, verbs, and adjectives, and this week we’ll learn adverbs.

Adverbs are words that describe verbs, they describe actions. So if I run quickly, quickly is the adverb describing the verb run.

Adverbs can also describe adjectives. If I say today is unusually cold, cold is an adjective describing today, and unusually is an adverb describing cold.

Many adverbs (although not all) are simply adjectives with the added ending -LY.

So quick is an adjective, and quickly is an adverb.

Unusual is an adjective, and unusually is an adverb.

Got it? All right, let’s learn today’s adverb – it’s a long one: absentmindedly. That’s five syllables, and we sort of stress the first and third ones. AB-sent-MIND-ed-ly

If you do something absentmindedly, it means you’re not really paying attention to that action. Maybe I come home and I absentmindedly put my keys on top of the refrigerator – meaning I do it without thinking or paying attention. Then I probably won’t be able to find my keys later.

Some people have actions that they do absentmindedly while they’re studying or concentrating on something else – like playing with a pencil or their hair, or tapping their foot.

When we do things absentmindedly, we might make mistakes. Like the time I was distracted by my daughter and I absentmindedly put salt instead of sugar into my coffee.

OK? So doing something absentmindedly means you do it without consciously thinking or paying attention to your action. What’s something you’ve done absentmindedly? Let’s write some example sentences to practice and remember this word.

Thanks for watching – I’ll be back tomorrow with another adverb.


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