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Adverbs

Adverbs

 

Adverbs are used to describe or modify:

 

Verbs

  • She walked slowlydown the street.
  • They sat silently in the hospital waiting room.
 

Adjectives

  • The basketball player had impressively longlegs.
  • This suit is absurdlyexpensive.
 

Other Adverbs

  • The president spoke extremely confidently.
  • The race car goes incredibly quicklyaround the turns.

 

Types of Adverbs

 

There are various types of adverbs that are used to describe verbs/adjectives/adverbs. These include:

 

1. Time – When?

 

  • yesterday
  • today
  • later
  • earlier
  • never
  • tomorrow

 

For example:

 

  • The email was senttoday.” (Adverb = today, Verb = sent)
  • I will go to the dentisttomorrow.” (Adverb = tomorrow, Verb = go)

 

2. Place – Where?

 

  • anywhere
  • everywhere
  • here
  • there
  • somewhere
  • near
  • far

 

For example:

 

  • I will meet you there at one o’clock.” (Adverb = there, Verb = meet)
  • In autumn, tree leaves fall off trees everywhere.” (Adverb = everywhere, Verb = fall)

 

3. Manner – How?

 

  • fairly
  • gladly
  • cleverly
  • quietly
  • slowly

 

For example:

 

  • He quickly ran up the stairs.” (Adverb = quickly, Verb = ran)
  • The team won the game fairly.” (Adverb = fairly, Verb = won)

 

4. Frequency – How often?

 

  • normally
  • often
  • annually
  • momentarily
  • every day/week/month/year/hour/minute/second

 

For example:

 

  • He often watches TV.” (Adverb = often, Verb = watches)
  • They meet for Christmas every year.” (Adverb = every year, Verb = meet)

 

5. Degree – How much?

 

  • fully
  • partially
  • altogether
  • almost
  • completely
  • sufficiently

 

For example:

 

  • She almost fell into the pool.” (Adverb = almost, Verb = fell)
  • “I was completelysatisfied with the dinner.” (Adverb = completely, Verb = satisfied)

 

6. Confirmation and Negation – Confirm or Deny?

 

  • no (-)
  • hardly (-)
  • doubtfully (-)
  • definitely (+)
  • absolutely (+)
  • surely (+)

 

For example:

 

  • They will definitelyenjoy this restaurant.” (Adverb = definitely, Verb = enjoy)
  • He hardly ever leavesthe house.” (Adverb = hardly, Verb = leaves)

 

7. Comment – Used to show opinion, change the tone of the entire sentence.

 

  • fortunately
  • happily
  • obviously
  • understandably

 

For example:

 

  • Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it tonight.”
  • “You are obviouslyunder a lot of stress.”

 

8. Conjunction – Used to show the effect of something or show the relation between two clauses.

 

  • however (Yet, on the other hand, in spite of)
  • consequently (As a result, resulting in)
  • accordingly (Therefore)
  • moreover (Besides, in addition)
  • conversely (Opposite of, contrary to)

 

For example:

 

  • “He wants to play baseball; however, his soccer schedule interferes.”
  • “The chef cooked the steak too much, and, moreover, it was too salty.”
  • “He does not get on well with his manager, consequently his career is stagnant.”

 

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