Practical English Grammar

An adverb is a word which modifies verb, adjective and another adverb.

For example:

1. He runs slowly in the park.

(In this sentence adverb slowly modify the verb runs.)

2. He is an extremely hardworking boy.

(In this sentence adverb extremely modify the adjective hardworking.)

3. He comes to the park very rarely.

(In this sentence adverb very modify another adverb rarely.)

Types of Adverbs

1. Adverb of Time

An adverb of time provides information about when an action is done or has been performed. It is usually placed at the beginning or end of the sentence.
I arrived at school early.
We recently shifted in Mumbai.
Sometimes I like to go for shopping.
Yesterday I went to the gym.
They watched movies all day.
(In the above sentence, the word early, recently, sometimes, yesterday, and all day are adverbs of time that modify their respective verb.)

2. Adverb of Manner

An adverb of manner is a kind of word that provides more information about how something happens or is done.
I ask him politely.
He is walking slowly.
The cat runs quickly.
She lazily sits on the sofa.
The children were playing happily in the park.
(In the above sentence, the word politely, slowly, quickly, lazily, and happily is an adverb of manner that explains the manner in which action is done)

3. Adverb of Place

An adverb of place indicates where an action has happened or is being done.
I was walking outside.
The bedroom is upstairs.
My grandparents live here.
During monsoon there is water everywhere.
She takes her children everywhere she goes.
(In the above sentence, the word outside, upstairs, here, and everywhere is an adverb of place that indicates the place of an action.)

4. Adverb of Degree

An adverb of degree is a kind of word that modifies a verb, adjective or another adverb and explains the level in which an action has performed or is being done.
I am so excited to meet you.
He is very good at playing football.
You have hardly watched the movie.
They are always late arriving at the office.
The task was extremely difficult to complete.
The car was completely destroyed in the accident.
(In the above sentence, the word so, very, hardly, always, extremely, and completely are an adverb of degree that modify their respective verb, adjective, or adverb)

5. Adverb of Frequency

An adverb of frequency explains how often the action is done or happens.
I rarely go to a restaurant.
He usually takes his dog for a walk.
She always gets up early in the morning.
I frequently call her to check at what time she is coming.
(In the above sentence, the word rarely, usually, always, and frequently are an adverb of frequency that explains how often the action is done or happen.)

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Application : English Grammar: Parts of Speech