Types of adverbs

Adverbs describe verbs , adjectives, and even other adverbs. They specify when, where, how, and why something happened and to what extent or how often.

Types of Adverbs

Adverbs of time

Adverbs of manner

Adverbs of degree

Adverbs of place

Adverbs of frequency

Here is a brief explanation of the adverbs contains the meaning of each adverb with examples using each type of adverb.

Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place illustrate where the verb is happening. It’s usually placed after the main verb or object, or at the end of the sentence.

Examples of adverbs of place: 

here, there, nowhere, everywhere, out, in, above, below, inside, outside, into

  • We went into the cave, and there were bats everywhere!
  • There aren’t any Pokémon here, let’s look somewhere else.

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of manner provide more information about how a verb is done. Adverbs of manner are probably the most common of all adverbs. They’re easy to spot too. Most of them will end in –ly.

Examples of adverbs of manner:

 neatly, slowly, quickly, sadly, calmly, politely, loudly, kindly, lazily

  • The young soldier folded his clothes neatly in a pile at the end of his bunk.
  • politely opened the door for my grandmother as she stepped out of the car.

Adverbs of Time

An adverb of time provides more information about when a verb takes place. Adverbs of time are usually placed at the beginning or end of a sentence. When it is of particular importance to express the moment something happened we’ll put it at the start of a sentence.

Examples of adverbs of time: 

never, lately, just, always, recently, during, yet, soon, sometimes, usually, so far

  • So far, we have found twelve grammar mistakes.
  • We recently bought a new car.

Adverbs of Degree

Adverbs of degree explain the level or intensity of a verb, adjective, or even another adverb.

Example of adverbs of degree:

almost, quite, nearly, too, enough, just, hardly, simply.

Aren’t you hungry? You’ve hardly touched your dinner.

I’m so excited to see the new James Bond movie!

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency explain how often the verb occurs. They’re often placed directly before the main verb of a sentence.

Examples of adverbs of frequency:

never, always, rarely, sometimes, normally, seldom, usually, again.

I rarely eat fast food these days.

They always go to the same restaurant every Friday.


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