Adverbs. Types of Adverbs in English

Are adverbs an important part of the English language? Of course they are. If adjectives describe the subject of a sentence, adverbs describe the action. So it is important to know adverbs and how to use them. Adverbs are not hard to use, and they complete sentence formation and vocabulary, improving the use of English. So let us see which the most important aspects of adverb use are.


Degree of adverbs

The adverbs of degree modify the intensity of a sentence. It can be placed near a verb, another adverb or even an adjective, increasing their normal degree. Examples of such adverbs are: very, too, extremely, just, and almost. Here are some sentences with them for a better understanding.

The weather is extremely hot. (modifying an adjective)

John talks too much. (modifying a verb)

He walks very slowly. (modifying an adverb)



Duration adverbs

The adverbs of duration refer to time length. They can tell us when an action is happening, for how long, or how often. Examples of duration adverbs are: at night, at day, forever, always, permanently, briefly, around the clock, all the time, ever since, etc. Take a look at the following sentence to get a better idea.

Ever since she was a child, Evelyn enjoys drawing.

John is late all the time.

I stopped briefly at the grocery store.



Frequency adverbs

The adverbs of frequency will answer to the question “How often?”, showing us the frequency of an action, indicating a period. In the group of these adverbs are: often, rarely, something, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Here are some example sentences. 

Mother goes weekly at the farmer’s market.

You need to take your treatment daily.

Mark rarely passes by.



Manner adverbs

Adverbs of manner are indicating how an action is happening. Used after the verb or object in a sentence, they show how they are taking place. Examples of adverbs of manner are: well, quickly, softly, loudly, happily, patiently, etc. take a look at the following sentences and see how they are used.

He spoke loudly in front of the crowd.

That dress fits well.



Adverbs of place

As the name suggests, adverbs of place indicate where the action is happening. They are used with the main verb, showing a position. These adverbs are: here, there, around, in, outside, nearby, etc. The next sentences will show the usage of these adverbs. 

The bicycle was outside. 

Mary lives nearby.

Put the vase here.



Adverbs of probability

These adverbs will indicate the probability of something to take place. Adverbs of probability do not show a certitude, but the possibility of an event, without knowing for sure if it is going to happen or not. Here are some examples of such adverbs: certainly, probably, maybe, perhaps, most likely, possibly, etc. Look at these sentences to see the use of them. 

It will probably rain tomorrow.

Maybe you will find what you need.



Adverbs of time

These adverbs tell us when an actions is happening, indicating the time frame. In the time adverb’s group we have: today, tomorrow, later, last year, yesterday, the day after tomorrow, etc. Here are some sentences showing how they are used.

I will go visit my grandparents tomorrow.

Sally will meet John later.



Comparative adverbs

The adverbs of comparison will indicate differences between actions, subjects or characteristics. They show a change in the presented conditions. Such adverbs are: better, worse, less, more. Look at the following sentence to see their use. “Than” is used when you need to compare two objects or items. 

Your have a better performance today.

The dress is less attractive than the one you already have.



Superlative adverbs

Superlative adverbs is used to show the superior degree of someone, or something, in comparison with the rest. Here are some examples of superlative adverbs: fastest, the best, the worst, largest, heaviest, etc. “The” is frequently used together with these adverbs. The following sentences will show you can they are used.

Jim is the best employee.

I’ve seen the largest building in the world. 

He is the fastest runner.

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