Adverbs are used to describe or modify:
- She walked slowlydown the street.
- They sat silently in the hospital waiting room.
- The basketball player had impressively longlegs.
- This suit is absurdlyexpensive.
- 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?
- “The email was senttoday.” (Adverb = today, Verb = sent)
- “I will go to the dentisttomorrow.” (Adverb = tomorrow, Verb = go)
2. Place – Where?
- “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?
- “He quickly ran up the stairs.” (Adverb = quickly, Verb = ran)
- “The team won the game fairly.” (Adverb = fairly, Verb = won)
4. Frequency – How often?
- every day/week/month/year/hour/minute/second
- “He often watches TV.” (Adverb = often, Verb = watches)
- “They meet for Christmas every year.” (Adverb = every year, Verb = meet)
5. Degree – How much?
- “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 (+)
- “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.
- “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)
- “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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