English Grammar


An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, adjective, determined, clause, preposition, or sentence. Adverbs typically express manner, place, time, frequency, degree, level of certainty, etc., answering questions such as how?, in what?, way?, when?, where?, and to what extent?.

Adverbs are one of the four major word classes, along with nouns, verbs and adjectives. We use adverbs to add more information about a verb, an adjective, another adverb, a clause or a whole sentence and, less commonly, about a noun phrase.

There are five types of adverbs:

Degree, frequency, manner, place, and time.

DEGREE-adverbs of degree tell us more about the intensity of the verb in the sentence, in other words, they describe how much, or to what degree.

Popular adverbs of degree include:

Almost, enough, hardly, just, nearly, quite, simply, so

*it’s simply not enough.

FREQUENCY-let us know how often the verb occurs:

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

*I always read a book before bed.

MANNER-tell us how, or in what manner, something was carried out. They end in -ly:

Beautifully, generously, happily, patiently

PLACE-tell us more about where the verb took place;

Above, below, everywhere, here, inside, into

TIME-detail when the verb took place:

Daily, monthly, recently, tomorrow

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