All About Adverbs 23 Explanations and examples of adverbs

Adverbs are everywhere, but if English isn't your first language, they can be very tricky. Our editors explain adverbs in detail.

The adverb belongs to a large class of words that add information by qualifying or modifying a verb, an adjective, another adverb, a preposition, or a clause—basically anything except nouns and pronouns (which are modified by adjectives). They can behave quite differently from one another and yet still be classified as adverbs. Confused? Don't be! After we provide some examples of adverbs, you will have a much better understanding of this mystifying modifier. Examples of adverbs #1: Adverbs in action

The following are examples of how adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, prepositions, and entire clauses:

He walked (verb) aimlessly (adverb).

That sounded like an extremely (adverb) interesting (adjective) plan.

The cyclist pedaled very (adverb) swiftly (adverb).

The parrots flew right (adverb) over (preposition) the house.

Apparently (adverb), they had already left for Berlin (clause). Examples of adverbs #2: Understanding different types of adverbs

A useful way of summing up these hard-working words is to say that they are used to describe one of the following instances of an event or action: 1. We'll meet again (adverb). Outside (adverb). 4. 3. The degree or extent of an action (also known as degree adverbs) How (adverb) tall is she? . Where an event occurs (also known as adverbs of place) I left the book here (adverb). the rain poured down. 5. How often an action or event occurs She takes the train daily (adverb). 2. When an event occurs (also known as adverbs of time) He left the town yesterday (adverb). How an event occurs (also known as adverbs of manner) He ate his pear noisily (adverb).

and thus is a noun. To strengthen or weaken the meaning of an adjective. Similarly. 6. I'll catch the early train. Indeed.She discovered that the plant was highly (adverb) toxic. the adverb "well" describes the verb "went. I awoke early this morning. such as a noun or adjective. in the sentence. In the first sentence. Examples of adverbs #3: How to spot adverbs It is impossible to tell by the appearance of a word that it is an adverb. The old well was full by morning." and therefore is an adverb (of manner). adverb. "train. Compare the following: The trip went well. "early" describes the noun." and is an adjective. the same word may be an adverb in one sentence and a different part of speech. the word "well" names something. The only way writers can recognize an adverb is by the work the adverb does in a sentence. or verb Lucy speaks more loudly (adverb) than her brother. In the second sentence. In the sentence. . in another sentence.

The first sentence means that the material was saved. and things) or an adverb. are never used as adverbs. Some adverbs have the same form as adjectives. for example. "soft" becomes "softly" and "gradual" becomes "gradually. for example. Examples of adverbs #4: A trick for recognizing adverbs of manner In English. Examples of adverbs #5: Spot a degree adverb easily . To make your meaning clear." These and other words ending in "ly. "early" works in a sentence as an adjective (used to describe nouns. The words "hard." "fast." such as "friendly" (adjective) or "lonely" (adjective)." and "long" are other examples. but the second says that almost everything was lost." and is an adverb of time. an adverb should usually be placed as close as possible to the word the adverb is intended to describe or modify. adverbs of manner are often created from adjectives by adding the suffix "ly" to the end. places." "late. including people." The placement of "ly" on the end of a word can be a good clue that the word is an adverb. As we have seen in the example above. On the other hand. Compare the meaning in these two sentences: We nearly lost all our research material. "silly" as "sillily."early" tells us more about the verb "awoke. We lost nearly all our research material. remember that adjectives naturally ending in "le" or "ly" do not form attractive adverbs.

" "quite." "slightly. they should be hyphenated. that is. are called degree adverbs. as we have seen. If you're concerned with your use of adverbs. do not use a hyphen: He brought a carefully prepared breakfast. since they specify the degree to which an adjective or another adverb applies." An adverb ending in "ly" does not need a hyphen to indicate that the adverb is modifying the adjective or participle next to the adverb. we can modify them using very or extremely: softly: very softly suddenly: very suddenly slowly: extremely slowly The modifying words "very" and "extremely" are themselves adverbs that." "highly." and "totally. many adverbs can be graded." "barely. Her new shoes were much needed. She bought a pair of much-needed shoes. have our English academic editors take a look at your document to ensure that it is free from grammatical and spelling errors! . but if they follow the noun. In conclusion Understanding and identifying adverbs is easy—when you know what you're looking for." "entirely.Like adjectives. When adverbs that do not end in "ly" are used as compound words in front of a noun. Other examples are "almost.