What is an adverb?

An adverb is that word in a sentence, which modifies the meaning of verb or adjective or another adverb.

For examples :

  1. She ran fast.
    The word fast is an adverb. It modifies the verb, ran.
  2. These are very sweet apples.
    The word very is an adverb. It modifies the adjective, sweet.
  3. He speaks very loudly.
    The word very is an adverb. It modifies the adverb, loudly.


There are different kinds of adverbs expressing different meaning. The following are some of the common ones.

  1. Adverb of time.
  2. Adverb of place.
  3. Adverb of manner.
  4. Adverb of degree or quantity.
  5. Adverb of frequency.
  6. Interrogative adverbs.
  7. Relative adverbs.

Adverb of time

It is used to tell us about the time of action. Those adverbs of time are: Today, now, tomorrow, before, daily, etc.

For examples :

  1. She will go to school tomorrow.
  2. I did it today.

Adverb of place

It is used to tell the place where an action occurs. Those adverbs of place are: Here, there, near, up, down, inside, outside, etc.

For examples :

  1. My cat sleeps outside.
  2. Sit here.

Adverb of manner

It is used to tell how an action happens. Those adverbs of manner are: Bravely, quickly, late, hard, easily, truly, etc.

For examples :

  1. She walks slowly.
  2. Our army fought bravely.

Adverb of degree or quantity

It is used to tell us the degree or extent to which something happens. Those adverbs of degree are: Very, fully, perfectly, almost, too, etc.

For examples :

  1. John is Very beautiful.
  2. I am fully satisfied.

Adverb of frequency

It is used to tell us how many times the action occurs. Those adverbs of frequency are: Always, frequently, often, rarely, once, twice, etc.

For examples :

  1. He often commits mistake.
  2. They always do their homework at night.

Interrogative adverb

Interrogative adverbs are used in asking questions. The chief adverbs of this class are: How, why, when, where, etc.

For examples :

  1. Where will you go?
  2. When did he come?

Relative adverb

Relative adverb not only modifies a verb, but also joins the two clauses in a sentence.  Those relative adverbs are: Where, when, why, etc.

For examples :

  1. I know the hotel where he lives.
  2. I don't know why she has gone there.


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