Learn 10 types of adverbs in English which are helpful for knowing how various actions can be modified by using various adverbs.
Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, and sometimes complete sentences.
Here is an example of each case.
1-Adverbs modify a verb
It describes how an action is being done.
She speaks loudly.
2-Adverbs modify an adjective
The adverb modifies an adjective by telling us the degree of intensity.
She is really kindhearted.
3-Adverb modifies another adverb.
You can add more than one adverb in a single sentence, and here one adverb modifies another.
He walks extremely slowly.
4-Adverbs modify a sentence
We add adverbs like interestingly, accordingly, unfortunately, fortunately, luckily, and unluckily in a sentence to modify the whole sentence.
Luckily, I reached there in time.
Most of the adverbs end with “ly”, while some don’t. Some adverbs without “ly” look the same as adjectives.
Types of adverbs
1-Adverbs of degree
These adverbs are used to represent the degree or extent of something like almost, enough, nearly, completely, slightly, absolutely, extremely, quite etc.
This food is enough for me.
2-Adverbs of time
It describes the time of action, or when you’ll do something.
She is suffering from a fever, so she’ll take off from the office tomorrow.
3-Adverbs of place
It represents the location where something happens.
Do downstairs and bring some fruit for me.
4-Adverbs of manner
It describes the way an action is done.
She speaks loudly.
5-Adverbs of frequency
It describes how many times something is done, and it describes indefinite adverbs like sometimes, mostly, occasionally, and very often and definite adverbs like hourly, weekly, daily, monthly etc.
I always work on the weekend.
You never help me.
6-Adverbs of purpose
It explains the cause and reason and acts as conjunctive adverbs.
Since you are not coming, I’ll go to the office.
Also known as linking adverbs, these adverbs join independent clauses.
You don’t fulfil our requirements; therefore, we can’t hire you.
These are used to link dependent/relative clauses.
Turn off the laptop while you go to sleep.
These are used to ask why, where, when, and what type of questions.
When are you planning to visit your mother?
These adverbs mention the focus on any part of a sentence.
I love this baby girl, especially her small blue eyes.