The Adverb – Kinds of Adverbs
An Adverb is a word which adds to the meaning of a
Verb, and tells us how a thing is done, when it is done or where it is done.
- Heena sings sweetly.
- Hari will go tomorrow.
- The sun shines everywhere.
An adverb of manner describes
the way or manner in which action occurs or occurred or will occur. Adverbs of manner answer the question “How?” i.e.
how something is done or happens. This includes words such
as slowly, loudly, fast etc.
- She wrote the letter nicely.
- Dia acted wisely in that situation.
- Ravi spent all his money foolishly.
- Tia ran fast.
- They sang the song beautifully.
An adverb of place tells
us about the place of action. It answers the
question “Where?” i.e. the place where an action occurs/occurred/will
occur. This includes words such as here, there, near, somewhere, outside etc.
- The girls are playing outside.
- I looked for your glasses everywhere.
- We can halt here for tea.
- Company built a huge warehouse nearby.
- They will meet you in hotel.
An adverb of Time tells
us about the time of action. These adverbs answer
the question ‘when?’ These includes words such as tomorrow,
today, yesterday, now, then, never, soon, already, ago, immediately, formerly, lately
- The milkman comes to our house daily.
- She wakes up early.
- Ria will come tomorrow.
- They are late.
- May I go now?
An adverb of Frequency tells
us how many times the action occurs or
occurred or will occur. These includes words such as daily, sometimes, often,
seldom, usually, frequently, always, ever, generally, weekly, rarely, monthly,
- He struck the ball twice.
- He seldom visits his uncle’s place.
- They had almost fifty cars when they were
- Sometimes she stays late in the school to
complete her pending work.
- Ravi never tells lies.
An adverb of Degree tells us the degree or extent to which something occurs or
occurred or will occur. Adverbs of degree are also known as Adverbs of Quantity.
It answer the question "how much?" or "to what degree?" This
includes words such as much, very, fully, partly, little, enough, so, rather
- Tia was very tired.
- I was nearly exhausted.
- He was a bit satisfied from his performance.
- I am fully prepared for my coming test.
- The food is almost cooked.
An Interrogative Adverb is
used for asking questions. This includes
words such as where, why, how, when etc.
- When did Dia come?
- Where did she go?
- How often do you visit them?
- How are you doing?
- When did you do this?