Adverbs. This part of speech might seem very complicated, but they are used as often as verbs.
An adverb is a word used to modify a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. An adverb can also modify an entire sentence, as in Quickly, he slowed down the train to avoid a collision.
Sometimes, Adverbs are often misused as adjectives, as in I feel badly. “I feel badly” would mean you are having difficulty in feeling at all – which would be a rather unusual thing to say 🙂 In general, the verb “to feel” will take an adjective (happy, sad, good, bad, angry, relieved) after it to indicate the feeling, rather than an adverb.
There are 5 types of adverbs everyone should aware of. There are times when a student at Pep Talk India asks the significance or uses adverbs.
There are five types of adverbs, namely of time, manner, degree, place, and frequency.
Adverbs of Time: An adverb of time provides more information about when a verb takes place. Adverbs of time are usually placed at the beginning or end of a sentence. When it is of particular importance to express the moment something happened we’ll put it at the start of a sentence.
Examples: never, lately, just, always, recently, during, yet, soon, sometimes, usually, so far
- So far, we have found no reason to quit!
- I haven’t been practicing English lately.
- We recently got a new dog from the shelter.
Adverbs of Manner: Adverbs of manner provide more information about how a verb is done. Adverbs of manner are probably the most common of all adverbs. They’re easy to spot too. Most of them will end in –ly.
Examples: neatly, slowly, quickly, sadly, calmly, politely, loudly, kindly, lazily
- The boy folded his new boarding school uniform neatly in a pile at the end of his bunk.
- I politely asked my teacher for an extra 5 minutes to complete my work.
- A fat orange and white cat rested lazily on the sofa.
Adverbs of Degree: Adverbs of degree explain the level or intensity of a verb, adjective, or even another adverb.
Examples: almost, quite, nearly, too, enough, just, hardly, simply, so
- Can I come to the movies too?
- Aren’t you hungry? You’ve hardly touched your dinner.
- I’m so excited to see the new James Bond movie!
Adverbs of Place: Adverbs of place illustrate where the verb is happening. It’s usually placed after the main verb/object or at the end of the sentence.
Examples: here, there, nowhere, everywhere, out, in, above, below, inside, outside, into
- We went into the cave, and there were bats everywhere!
- One day when my dad wasn’t paying attention to where he was going, he walked into a wall.
- There aren’t any Pokémon here, let’s look somewhere else.
Adverbs of Frequency: Adverbs of frequency explain how often the verb occurs. They’re often placed directly before the main verb of a sentence.
Examples: never, always, rarely, sometimes, normally, seldom, usually, again
- I rarely miss my class at Pep Talk India.
- Tushar usually takes a walk before breakfast.
- They always go to the same Church on Sunday.
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