An adverb is a word that modifies verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. “Modifies” means “tells more about.” An adverb tells more about how the verb is being done. Many adverbs end in “-ly.”

Examples –

  • Emma writes quickly and well.
  • The midwives waited patiently through a long labor.
  • The brothers were badly injured in the fight.

Types of Adverbs –

  • Adverb of Time
  • Adverb of Place
  • Adverb of Manner
  • Adverb of Degree
  • Adverb of Frequency

Adverb of Time- An adverb of time tells us when something is done or happens.

Examples – Now, yesterday, soon, later, tomorrow, yet, already, tonight, today, then, last month/year

  • We are going to church on Sunday for prayer.
  • My father went to Chile last year for a vacation.
  • He was in Thailand for two months last year.

Adverb of Place – An adverb of place tells us where something is done or happens.

Example – off, above, abroad, far, on, away, back, here, out, outside, backwards, behind, in, below, down, indoors, downstairs, inside, nearby, near, over, there, towards, under, up, upstairs, where, everywhere, elsewhere, anywhere, nowhere, somewhere.

  • Let us put the china wares in the cupboard.
  • The kid is hiding behind
  • Teapot is inside the kitchen drawer.

Adverb of Manner – An adverb of manner tells us how something is done or happens.

Example – cheerfully, efficiently, painfully, secretly, quietly, peacefully, carefully, slowly, badly, closely, easily, well, fast, quickly.

  • I am madly in love with my dear wife.
  • The clever thief moved swiftly.
  • Make your decision carefully.

Adverb of Degree- An adverb of degree tells us the level or extent that something is done or happens.

Example – quite, fairly, too, enormously, entirely, very, extremely, rather, almost, absolutely, just, barely, completely, enough, deeply, enormously, fully, greatly, hardly, incredibly, practically, scarcely, barely, somewhat, terribly, virtually

  • Arthur is rather
  • Father was much
  • Father was very much

Adverb of Frequency- An adverb of frequency tells us how often something is done or happens.

Example – always, sometimes, often/frequently, normally/generally, usually, occasionally, seldom, rarely/hardly ever, never,

  • They were almost fifty when they got married.
  • He always wears a shirt and tie.
  • She normally eats three meals a day.

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