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Adverb and Its Kinds


An adverb is a word which generally qualifies a verb, adjective, another adverb, phrase, clause or a sentence.

Example :

He walks slowly.

She sang loudly.

We can see the Mountain View clearly

Actually, he is not a sportsman.

You can see in the above examples that most of the adverbs are form by adding “Ly” to an adjective.

But still, there are some common adverbs that do not form with “Ly”, such as also, just, never, here, there, even, very, almost, often, quite, too, soon, today, yesterday, and etc.

Example :

The animals here are very dangerous.

You often make mistakes.

He was too late.

Uses of Adverbs in the different cases

  • Adverb describing a verb: He walks slowly.
  • Adverb describing an adjective: This is a very beautiful picture.
  • Adverb describing an adverb: This can be done more easily.
  • Adverb describing a preposition: I arrived long before the time.
  • Adverb describing a conjunction: I hate him simply because he is a fraud.
  • Adverb describing a sentence: Unfortunately I failed.

Different Kinds of Adverb

Following are the list of different kind of adverbs:

Adverb of time

An adverb which shows the time when the work is done, e.g. Now, then, when, early, before, daily, ever, never, soon, while, ago, today, yesterday, etc.

Example :

Today is my birthday.

She never told me about her problems.

Adverb of place

It tells us about the place where something happens, e.g. there, where, near, above, after, below, etc.

Example :

It is that place, where the accident happened.

I know that his house is there.

Adverb of manner

It is an adverb that describes how the work is done, e.g. well, ill, badly, quickly, highly, wisely, etc.

Example :

The accident happened very badly.

Quickly finish the homework.

Adverb of frequency/number

This adverb tells us how often or how fluently an action takes place, e.g. always, never, enough, twice, often, much, once, very, etc.

Example :

He is always working.

I often go to school.

Adverb of cause

Adverb of cause use to express the reason for or the answer to a question in a sentence, e.g. therefore, accordingly, consequently, etc.

Example :

John loves to travel; therefore, he is always in search of low-cost airfare.

Adverb of affirmation/negation

This adverb helps to confirm or deny upon the action of a verb, e.g. yes, no, not, certainly, probably, really, etc.

Example :

She certainly did not fell and different.

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