English Learning Notes


adverb  (noun): a word that modifies a verb , an adjective or another adverb , expressing manner, place, time or degree; a word that can modify a phrase, clause or sentence

An  adverb is a word that tells us more about a verb . It "qualifies" or "modifies" a verb  (The man ran quickly ). In the following examples, the adverb is in bold  and the verb that it modifies is in italics.

  • John speaks loudly . (How does John speak?)
  • Afterwards she smoked  a cigarette. (When did she smoke?)
  • Mary lives locally . (Where does Mary live?)

But adverbs can also modify adjectives (Tara is really beautiful ), or even other adverbs  (It works very well ). Look at these examples:

  • Modify an adjective:
    - He is really handsome . (How handsome is he?)
    - That was extremely kind  of you.
  • Modify another adverb:
    - She drives incredibly slowly . (How slowly does she drive?)
    - He drives extremely fast.
Note that adverbs have other functions, too. They can:
  • Modify a whole sentence: ObviouslyI can't know everything.
  • Modify a prepositional phrase: It's immediately  inside the door.

Adverbs of Degree List
This is an alphabetical list of common single-word degree adverbs.Adverbs of degree can modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs, and tell us the extent to which something happens.

Adverbs of Time List
This is a list of common single-word time adverbs.Adverbs of time mainly modify verbs and tell us when something happens.

Adverbs of Place List
This is an alphabetical list of common single-word place adverbs.Adverbs of place mainly modify verbs and tell us where something happens.

Adverbs of Manner List
This is an alphabetical list of common single-word manner adverbs.

Comparative Adverbs
There are three basic ways to make or "form" a comparative adverb

Adverbs of Frequency
Adverbs of Frequency are adverbs of time that answer the question "How frequently?" or "How often?". They tell us how often something happens.

Adverb Position
When an adverb modifies a verb, there are usually 3 possible positions within the sentence or clause

Kinds of Adverbs
Here you can see the basic kinds of adverbs.

Adverb Form
We make many adverbs by adding -ly to an adjective,, for example:quick (adjective) > quickly (adverb)careful (adjective) > carefully (adverb)beautiful (adjective) > beautifully (adverb)