Adverbs and Usage


An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, adjective, another adverb, determiner, noun phrase, clause, 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?

                          Q: How did she sing?

                          A:She sang loudly.  (Loudly is an adverb)

Q: How did she perform?

                          A: She performed brilliantly.

Adverb of Time

Example: The accident took place yesterday.

Here the Adverb is yesterday which is answering the question:  when did the accident take place?

I will meet him tomorrow.

Here  Adverb is tomorrow answering the question: When will you meet him?

Other examples of Adverbs of Time are – Once, Never, Tomorrow, Daily etc.

Adverb of Place

Example: The accident took place here.

Here the adverb is Here which is answering the question- where did the accident take place?

Adverb of Manners

These Adverbs tell about the manner of the action being done.


John sings loudly.

He confessed everything honestly.

She was running fast.

Adverb of Frequency

These adverbs are used to answer the questions like “How often” and “for how long”

He meets John everyday.

He watches TV daily.

He watch TV daily for 2 hours.

Here ‘everyday, daily and 2 hours’ are answering questions like “How often” and “for how long”

Other Examples of Adverbs of Frequency are – Frequently, Often, Yearly, Briefly etc.

Adverb of Degree

Adverbs of Degree are used to show to what extent  an action has taken place.


I don’t deny it completely.

I don’t accept the charges in their entirety.

I have almost finished the job.

I am nearly done.


Other examples of these Adverbs are – Fully, Partially, Altogether etc.

Adverb of Confirmation and Negation

These Adverbs either confirm or deny the action of the Verb. They are also used to reinforce the action that is described by the Verb.


I will certainly bring some gift for you.

I will never let you go.

It is perfectly fine with me.

Other examples of Adverbs of Confirmation are – Definitely, Absolutely, Surely etc. Examples for Adverbs of Denial or Negation are – No, Don’t, Can’t etc.

Adverb of Comment

These Adverbs are used to make a comment on the entire sentence. They give a look at the speaker’s viewpoint or opinion about the sentence. These Adverbs don’t just change or describe the Verb; they influence the whole sentence.


Compare: Unfortunately, I had to leave the place secretly.


I had to leave the place secretly.

Unfortunately changes the tone completely

Accidentally Eventually Jealously Poorly Suddenly
Always Exactly Joyfully Positively Surprisingly
Angrily Excitedly Kindly Properly Sweetly
Arrogantly Extremely Lazily Quickly Terribly
Badly Fairly Less Quietly Thankfully
Beautifully Faithfully Loudly Rarely Thoughtfully
Bitterly Fast Lovingly Really Tomorrow
Blindly Foolishly Loyally Regularly Unexpectedly
Boldly Fortunately Madly Reluctantly Unfortunately
Bravely Frankly More Repeatedly Urgently
Briefly Generally Mysteriously Rudely Usually
Busily Generously Naturally Sadly Valiantly
Carefully Gently Nearly Safely Very
Certainly Gracefully Nervously Seldom Violently
Clearly Happily Never Selfishly Well
Courageously Highly Obediently Seriously Wisely
Cruelly Honestly Officially Silently Yearly
Curiously Hopelessly Often Slowly Yesterday
Daily Immediately Openly Softly
Delightfully Innocently Painfully Sometimes
Easily Instantly Patiently Soon
Enthusiastically Interestingly Politely Strictly










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