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”.
- 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
- Have you seen Marie Today?
- I am leaving early tomorrow
- She already paid the bills
- He usually goes running every morning
- I went to the cinema yesterday
- Have you watched any indepent films lately?
- I have a job interview tomorrow morning
- I have to take the bus soon
Adverbs of Place
Place adverbs tell us about where something happens or where something is.
- She is inside the house.
- I looked everywhere and I couldn’t find it.
- Look outside, it is raining.
- I placed the keys over there behind the counter
Adverbs of Manner
Manner adverbs tell us about the way something happens or is done.
- She spoke very loudly during the conference
- I don’t understand why she drives so carefully
- She ran very slowly, she might be injured.
- You have to ask for things nicely
- She quickly entered the room and then left
- Driving fast is dangerous
- People always spell my name wrong.
- Let’s go straight to the airport.
Adverbs of Degree
Degree adverbs express degrees of qualities, properties, states, conditions and relations
- She didn’t work hard enough
- I was too tired to continue playing
- I just got here
Adverbs of Frequency
Use adverbs of frequency to discuss how often something happens.
- I never go running with my friends
- I won’t do that again, it is dangerous
- She usually goes to the supermarket
- Sometimes I go to school to visit my colleagues
- She always calls me or send me messages