Five Basic Types of Adverbs

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Five basic types of Adverbs Infographics

All adverbs tell us more about the verbs or other adverbs. They can describe when or where something happens. There are five types of Adverbs:

  • Adverbs of time
  • Adverbs of degree
  • Adverbs of frequency 
  • Adverbs of manner
  • Adverbs of place 

Defining Adverbs

Adverbs are words which modify or change other words including adjectives, other adverbs, clause, and verb. Adverbs mainly explain when, where, and how something happens. They usually end with -ly so we can easily spot them in a sentence. However, they can combine to decorate sentences. 

Types of Adverbs

Adverbs provide a variety of functions. The function, which includes information about how something action took place, is known as an adverbial function. Here is a brief description of the basic types of Adverbs.

Adverb of time

This type of adverb entails the time when the verb happened or will happen. We usually place them at the end or beginning of the sentence. For example,

  • We will go to school tomorrow.
  • Yesterday we went to the movie theatre.
  • He teaches us daily.

Adverb of place

Adverbs of the place are also known as spatial adverbs. They explain where the action happened. They also provide the direction of the action like- north, south, here and there. They do not usually end with -ly suffix. Yet, placed after the principal verb or at the end of the sentence. For example,

  • I searched for my pen everywhere.
  • They traveled down the hill.

Adverb of degree

The adverb of degree illustrates the intensity of the verb in a sentence. They answered of how often or to what extent. Grammarians classified them as low, medium, and high degree. They can modify other adjectives and other adverbs. Their position is before the word they change or modify. For example,

  • You have hardly written anything.
  • The maths test is extremely difficult.
  • The food was enough for children.

Adverb of manner

These explain how something happens and provides more information about the verb. From all the adverbs, they are the most common. They end with -ly suffix, however not all of these adverbs end with -ly. For example,

  • The caves were carved beautifully
  • She ironed the clothes carefully.
  • He runs fast.

Adverb of frequency

These adverbs explain how often something occurs or the duration of the task. They are usually placed between the auxiliary verb and infinitive or before the main verb. For example,

  • I come here daily. 
  • We get paid monthly.
  • She rarely goes to the gym.