Learning the English Adverbs is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the English language. But first we need to know what the role of Adverbs is in the structure of the grammar in English.
English adverbs are part of speech. Generally they're words that modify any part of language other than a noun. Adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives (including numbers), clauses, sentences and other adverbs.
adverb tells you (how, why, when, where)
something happened. Usually an adverb is formed from an adjective, and you simply need to add the suffix
(-ly): quick becomes quickly, easy becomes easily (note that "y" becomes "i"
before adding "ly"), happy becomes happily...
that some adverbs don’t need to take (-ly), like: hard, fast
can come before adjective: He is actually tall.
can come before other adverbs if they’re modifying them: she pushed him really
can modify nouns it’s really a nice house, as you have
noticed there is an adjective between (really) and (a house).
adverbs indicate intensity (how strong or intense something was): almost, entirely, extremely, highly, partially, practically,
strongly, totally, very …
entirely agree with you, we strongly recommend this website.
adverbs indicate duration (how long something happened): briefly, forever, shortly, permanently, temporarily …
can’t wait for you forever, she would
like to live in the USA permanently, but
is temporarily working in Japan.
adverbs indicate a degree of frequency or how many times you do something …, we
will start with the most frequent, and we will end with the least frequent:
Always, constantly, usually, generally, normally, regularly, often,
frequently, sometimes, periodically, occasionally, now and then, once in a while,
rarely, seldom, hardly ever, almost never, never. Also you can use
the expressions: daily (every day), weekly (every week), monthly
(every month), yearly (every year) …
usually speaks English, but sometimes he speaks Spanish with his wife, and once in a while speaks German with his friend
from Germany, but never speaks Russian
because he can’t speak it. He travels to Mexico monthly
or every two months with his wife
because he lives in Texas.
adverbs can indicate the manner in which something was done or happened,
usually this kind of adverbs take (-ly):
badly, quickly, beautifully, smoothly …
cake was decorated beautifully and
everything was going smoothly, the cook
was trying to cut the cake quickly, but
he dropped it on the floor, so his day ended badly.
of place are: here, there, inside, outside,
upstairs, downstairs… Examples: We will stay here with you, while the rest stays there, we feel warm inside,
but I think our friends outside will
need some umbrellas because it’s raining, I will go and look for them downstairs and if I don’t find them I will look upstairs.
of probability are used to express how likely it is for something to happen: Probably, certainly, definitely, maybe, perhaps, possibly …
Note that probably, maybe, perhaps, possibly mean that the person is not sure
if the thing will happen or will be done.
Will you come to the party?
Probably! (it means maybe I will come,
and maybe not, other similar expressions are maybe, perhaps, possibly …)
Can you call me if you’re not coming to the party?
Definitely! (also certainly can be used,
which means that I’m sure that I’ will call whether I decide to come to the
party or not).
adverbs indicate time, such as: today, yesterday,
now, later, soon, already, still, finally… Examples:
school is opening today, yesterday was the last day of vacation, I still wish that the vacation was longer, because
exams will start soon, and we will be
Here are some examples:
|I read a book sometimes|
|I will never smoke|
|are you alone?|
As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Adverbs in English has a logical pattern. Locate the Adverbs above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in English.
List of Adverbs in English
Below is a list of the Adverbs of time place manner and frequency in English placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your English vocabulary.
|adverbs of time|
|adverbs of place|
|adverbs of manner|
|adverbs of frequency|
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