Grammar Lessons: 5 Types of Adverbs

Types of Adverbs

There are different types of adverbs  such as adverbs of time, adverbs of frequency, adverbs of manner, adverbs of time and adverbs of degree.

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 
  • His car is quite fast 
  • I did not put it there 
  • Press the button now.
  • He ran yesterday. 
  • He ran here. 
  • He ran quickly
  • She is singing a song loudly

Types of Adverbs

These are the different types of adverbs with definition and examples.

  • Adverbs of time
  • Adverbs of frequency
  • Adverbs of manner
  • Adverbs of place
  • Adverbs of degree
Types of Adverbs
Mike drives carelessly

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 independent films lately?
  7. I have a job interview tomorrow morning
  8. I have to take the bus soon
  9. I come to this museum regularly.
  10. I get up very early sometimes.
  11. She is going to have a baby soon.
  12. My father went to Chile last year for a vacation.
  13. My brother seldom gets angry at us.

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. Your mother will come here in a minute
  5. They live somewhere in Paris
  6. She is talking outside with some guys I have never met before
  7. I placed the keys over there behind the counter
  8. There was somebody standing nearby.

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. They are living happily
  6. She quickly entered the room and then left
  7. Driving fast is dangerous
  8. Sarah is driving carelessly
  9. People always spell my name wrong.
  10. 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
fullygreatly
incrediblysimply
somewhatstrongly
completelyterribly

Adverbs of degree examples

  1. She didn’t work hard enough
  2. I was too tired to continue playing
  3. I just got here 
  4. The building was completely destroyed.
  5. She entirely agrees with him.
  6. Mary is verybeautiful.
  7. He drove quite dangerously.
  8. She worked awfully hard on her essay.
  9. Whole species have vanished completely
  10. He became quite interested in politics and law

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. She normally eat three meals a day
  5. Sometimes I go to school to visit my colleagues
  6. She always calls me or send me messages
  7. They rarely go to the movie theater
  8. She sometimes visits me at home.
  9. We usually drink coffee.
  10. I meet him several times a year.
  11. I visit my parents once a month.
  12. They always hang out together.
  13. The Northern Lights are usually green.

Adverbs in Quantity

  • He didn’t study enough for the exam 
  • It is almost full.
  • You speak too much

Adverbs of Probability

  • Perhaps the weather will be fine.
  • Maybe it won’t rain.
  • Obviously she was very surprised.
  • Possibly we will come to England next year

Types of Adverbs Infographic

This is an infographic that includes examples of the different type of adverbs

Type of Adverbs - Infographic

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