An adverb describes adverbs, adjectives and verbs.


Describing adverbs: The boy sang very loudly. 

Describing adjectives: The tea was too hot. 

Describing verbs: He arrived late. She walked slowly.


There are several types of adverbs. They are:


Adverbs of Manner tell us the manner or the way in which something happens. Adverbs of Manner mainly modify verbs and they answer the question "how?".

Examples of adverbs of manner: 

easily, bravely, fast, slowly, quickly, happily, carefully, quietly, well, bad, badly, etc.

Examples of sentences:

(1) He walks slowly. (How does he walk) 

(2) He speaks quickly. (How does he speak?)

(3) She fought bravely.

(4) She drove the car fast.

(5) He tiptoed quietly.

(6) He performed well. 


Adverbs of Place tell us the place where something happens. Adverbs of Place mainly modify verbs and they answer the question "where?".

Examples of adverbs of place: 

Here, there, inside, outside, nearby, far away, upstairs, away, out, down, up, by, etc.

Examples of sentences:

(1) Look everywhere.

(2) Go inside.

(3) Please sit here. (Where should I sit?)

(4) Come here. 

(5) They looked everywhere. (Where did they look?)

(6) Get out. 

(7) I have parked my car outside. (Where were two cars parked?) 


Adverbs of Time tell us something about the time that something happens. Adverbs of Time mainly modify verbs and answer the question "when?" and "how": 

Examples of adverbs of time: 

Now, soon, then, later, tonight, last night, still, today, yet, etc.

Examples of sentences:

(1) He is coming today.

(2) She came yesterday. (When did he come?)

(3) Collect exercises right now. 

(4) I want my money now. (When do I want it?)

(5) I will see you tomorrow. 

(6) He comes here daily. (How often does he come)

(7) We sometimes go home late. (How often do we watch a movie?)

List of Some Adverbs of Time: 

  • Always
  • Already
  • Annually
  • Before
  • Constantly
  • Daily
  • Early
  • Earlier
  • Eventually
  • Ever
  • Frequently
  • Finally
  • First
  • Formerly
  • Fortnightly
  • Generally
  • Hourly
  • Immediately
  • Infrequently
  • Just
  • Last
  • Late
  • Later
  • Lately
  • Monthly
  • Not until
  • Now
  • Normally
  • Never
  • Next
  • Often
  • Occasionally
  • Previously
  • Quarterly
  • Rarely
  • Regularly
  • Recently
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Since
  • Soon
  • Still
  • Then
  • Today
  • Tomorrow
  • Tonight
  • Yesterday
  • Usually
  • Yet
  • Weekly
  • Yearly


Adverbs of Degree tell us the degree or extent to which something happens. They answer the question "how much?" or "to what degree?". Adverbs of Degree can modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs.

Examples of adverbs of degree:

Hardly, fairly, rather, quite, too, very, partly, a little, mostly, enough, totally, nearly, hardly, really, etc.

Examples of sentences:

(1) She is totally crazy.

(2) He is really out of control.

(3) He drove the car carelessly. (How dangerously did he drive?) 

(4) Maria is beautiful. (To what degree is Maria beautiful?)


Adverbs of Frequency tell us how often something happens. They are Adverbs of Time that answer the question "How frequently?" or "How often?".

Examples of adverbs of frequency

Examples of adverbs of Frequency are divided into two groups: 

(A) Adverbs of definite frequency

These are those adverbs that show exactly how often. These words describe definite frequency.

Examples: daily, weekly, yearly, twice, once.

Examples of sentences:

(1) This newsletter is published monthly.

(2) He comes here daily. 

(3) I failed twice.

(B) Adverbs of indefinite frequency. These adverbs give us an idea about frequency but they don't tell us exactly. These words describe indefinite frequency.

Examples: often, sometimes, rarely, Always, often, never, ever, usually, occasionally, sometimes, rarely, hardly ever, at times, etc

Examples of sentences:

(1) He always come late to school.

(2) They rarely eat meat.

(3) They sometimes finish the work early.

(4) John comes here daily.

(5) We celebrate this event once a year.

(6) I rarely eat fast food these days.

(7) Sam usually takes his dog for a walk before breakfast.

(8) They always go to the same restaurant every Friday.

Note. Adverbs of indefinite frequency (e.g. always, often, usually, rarely, sometimes, never, normally, generally, occasionally) and adverbs of certainty (e.g. surely, definitely, certainly, probably, perhaps) usually go in mid-position:

Examples of sentences: 

(1) My father often travels to France.

(2) We rarely go out on Mondays.

(3) Her brother has never flown an airplane.

(4) I've definitely decided to leave this town.

(5) She will probably be absent at the meeting.

(6) The party has obviously been cancelled.

Also, adverbs of indefinite frequency can go in end position if they are the main focus of the message (but mid-position is more typical):

(1) We see him quite often.

(2) She is very nervous sometimes.

(3) They eat out occasionally. 

List of the most common adverbs of frequency:

  • always
  • usually
  • sometimes
  • never
  • occasionally
  • rarely
  • seldom
  • frequently
  • often
  • regularly
  • hardly ever

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