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Grammar Lessons: Types of Adverbs

What’s an adverb? 

An adverb can modify a verb, an adjective, another adverb, a phrase, or a clause. An adverb indicates manner, time, place, cause, or degree and answers questions such as “how,” “when,” “where,” “how much”.

Examples

  • He drives his car slowly 
  • He  drives a very slow car 
  • His car is quite fast 
  • I did not put it there 
  • Press the button now.
  • The girl spoke in a whisper 
  • He ran yesterday
  • He ran here
  • He ran quickly

Types of Adverbs

Adverbs of Time

An adverb of time provides more information about when a verb takes place

NeverLately
Just Always
RecentlyDuring
Yet Soon
SometimesUsually
Hardly everAlready
NowToday
stillTomorrow

Examples

  1. Have you seen Marie Today?
  2. I am leaving early tomorrow
  3. She already paid the bills
  4. He usually goes running every morning
  5. I went to the cinema yesterday
  6. Have you watched any indepent films lately?
  7. I have a job interview tomorrow morning
  8. I have to take the bus soon

Adverbs of Place

Place adverbs tell us about where something happens or where something is.

herethere
outside into
nowhereanywhere
everywhereout
inabove
belowinside

Examples

  1. She is inside the house.
  2. I looked everywhere and I couldn’t find it.
  3. Look outside, it is raining.
  4. I placed the keys over there behind the counter

Adverbs of Manner

Manner adverbs tell us about the way something happens or is done.

NeatlySlowly
Quicklysadly
CalmlyPolitely
Loudlycarefully

Examples

  1. She spoke very loudly during the conference
  2. I don’t understand why she drives so carefully
  3. She ran very slowly, she might be injured.
  4. You have to ask for things nicely
  5. She quickly entered the room and then left
  6. Driving fast is dangerous
  7. People always spell my name wrong.
  8. Let’s go straight to the airport.

Adverbs of Degree

Degree adverbs express degrees of qualities, properties, states, conditions and relations

almostquite
nearlytoo
enoughjust 
hardlyso

Examples

  1. She didn’t work hard enough
  2. I was too tired to continue playing
  3. I just got here 

Adverbs of Frequency

Use adverbs of frequency to discuss how often something happens.

NeverAlways
RarelySometimes
NormallySeldom
UsuallyAgain

Examples

  1. I never go running with my friends
  2. I won’t do that again, it is dangerous
  3. She usually goes to the supermarket
  4. Sometimes I go to school to visit my colleagues
  5. She always calls me or send me messages

Types of Adverbs Infographic

Type of Adverbs - Infographic
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