Adverb is the word which tells us about verb. It means that it modifies verb. Adverb also modifies Adjective.
Examples of adverb modifies verb
- He runs very fast. (Fast is the word that tells us about running)
- He works intelligently. (Intelligently is the word stands for the work)
- He answered quickly. (Quickly is the adjective that stands for answered)
Remember, adverbs are mostly with –ly at the end.
Examples of adverb modifies adjective.
- He understands very slowly. (Very is adjective and slowly is adverb)
He behaves too mush angrily. (Too much is the adjective and angrily is
Formation of adverb
Adverbs are mostly with –ly at the end as mentioned previously but remember, sometimes adverb is without –ly in both cases it stands for verb.
- He understands quite in a slow manner. (Slow is the adverb that stands for understands which is verb)
- He works fast. (Fast is the adverb that stand for works which is verb)
- She is working hard. (Hard is adverb which stands for working which is verb)
Remember, sometimes verb is not used still it is pre understood. In that case we have to use our common sense to identify adverb.
- Train is late. (Late is adverb that stands for arriving which is not used here but still that is considered actual sentence will be “Train arrives late”).
Types of Adverb
There are many types of adverbs. They are listed below.
- Adverbs of manner
- Adverb of place
- Adverb of time
- Adverb of frequency
Adverbs of Manner
This kind of adverb tells us about the manner of verbal action.
- He behaves obediently.
- She drives cautiously.
- I run fast.
Adverb of Place
Adverb of place tells about the place where verbal action takes place, for example. Ahead, here, there, somewhere, near, outside.
- He will come here.
- I shall see you there.
- They were driving near the lake.
Adverb of time
Adverb of time tells about the time of verbal action. Adverbs used here are; soon, now, tomorrow, today, then, yesterday, tonight, again, early, yesterday etc.
- I shall come tomorrow.
- He studied that book yesterday.
- He will use internet tonight.
Adverb of frequency
Frequency means the number of times, so Adverb of Frequency tells about the number of times verbal action took place. Words used are; sometimes, daily, seldom, often, always, usually, frequently, generally, rarely, yearly, monthly.
- He never understands the matter properly
- They came late in the party.
- He seldom works hard.