List of Adverbs: Do you know their uses?

Here is a list of adverbs that you can use. Let the English Forward team help you.

Victoria Mac Callum Written by Victoria Mac Callum · 3 min read >
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What’s an adverb?

An adverb is an essential part of the speech of English Grammar. In English, an Adverb is a word which is used in the sentence to modify another adverb, a verb, or an adjective.

Consider the three common uses of adverbs below:

  1. Maya runs quickly.
  2. Those were very bitter apples.
  3. Ana sings quite melodiously.

In the first sentence, the adverb modifies the verb runs.

In the second sentence, the adverb modifies the adjective bitter.

In the third sentence, the adverb modifies another adverb clearly.

What are some examples of Adverbs?

There are many adverbs used in English grammar for different purposes. Here is a list of common adverbs:

B: bravely, briefly

F: fairly, faithfully

G: generally, generously, gladly, gleefully, gratefully, greatly, greedily

H: honestly, hopelessly

K: kiddingly, kindheartedly

O: officially, often

S: seldom, selfishly

T: terribly, thankfully

Q: quickly, quietly

U: unexpectedly, unfortunately

What are the 7 types of Adverbs?

Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time show “when” something is taking place. Check out the list of adverbs below:

A: after, afterward, ago, already, annually

B: before

D: daily

F: formerly

L: lately, late

M: monthly

N: never, now

O: once

Q: quarterly

S: soon, still

T: today, tomorrow

W: weekly

Y:  yearly, yesterday

Consider the following examples:

  1. He visits my shop daily.
  2. Hope that you will get well soon.
  3. He never returned to the country.
  4.  I will be visiting an English officer Tomorrow.
  5. Why have you arrived late?

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of Frequency show how often something is taking place. Check Adverbs List here:

A: again, always

F: frequently

N: never

O: often, once

R: rarely

S: seldom, sometimes

T: twice

U: usually

Consider the following examples:

  1. I have met him twice.
  2. He rarely comes to see me.
  3. I am always there for you.
  4. I want to see the Golden Circus again.
  5. I have tried this dish once.

Adverbs of Place

The list of adverbs of places will provide you with the examples of “Where.

A: away

B: backward

D: down, downwards

C: close

E: everywhere

F: forward

H: here

I: inside

N: near, nearly

O: out

S: somewhere

T: there

U: underground, up, upstairs, upwards

W: within

Consider the following examples:

  1.  That driver is following me everywhere.
  2. He walked upstairs to my room.
  3.  Can I please come in?
  4. Stand here with me.
  5. Catch him before he goes away.

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs List of Manner shows “how” something is done. Here is the Adverbs list:

A: absentmindedly, absolutely, accidentally, adoringly, anxiously, awkwardly

B: beautifully, badly, boldly, bravely

C: carefully, carelessly, cheerfully, cheerlessly, commonly, comparatively, compassionately, competitively, cowardly

D: dullfully

E: easily, eagerly, elegantly, especially

F: fairly, faithfully

G: generously, gladly, gleefully, greatly

H: honestly, hopelessly

K: kiddingly, kindheartedly

M: meaningfully, mortally, mysteriously

P: poorly

S: selfishly

T: terribly, thankfully

Q: quickly, quietly

Consider the following examples:

  1. The poem is well written.
  2. The girl works hard.
  3. The English fought the war Bravely.
  4. I was eagerly waiting for this day.
  5. He carefully solved all the questions.
  6. He was baldy beaten by other boys.
  7.  I kept walking absentmindedly the whole night.
  8. He selflessly loved his daughter.
  9. The tiger slowly approached his prey.
  10. Can you hear my voice clearly?

Adverbs of Degree

Adverbs of Degree are used to define how much or the degree. Check the list of adverbs below:

A: almost, any, altogether

C: completely

E: enough, entirely, equally

F: fully

N: never, no better

P: partly, pretty

R: rather

S: so

T: too

V: very

Consider the following examples:

  1. This is enough food for two people.
  2. Is there any ticket left?
  3.  I am pretty sure about it.
  4. My work is almost complete.
  5. He was too handsome.
  6. The situation is no better than yesterday.
  7. I am fully aware of the fact.
  8. I have partly completed the course.
  9.  The taste of this fish is very bad.
  10.  I am rather busy.

Adverbs of Affirmation and Negation

Adverbs List of Affirmation and Negation indicates a strong possibility

  • Certainly
  • Surely
  • Undoubtedly

Consider the following examples:

  1. He is certainly coming here.
  2. This will be surely helpful for you.
  3. There are more people here undoubtedly.

Adverbs of Reason

Check out the common adverbs list of reason indicating the conclusion of an act:

  • Hence
  • Therefore
  • Thus

Consider the following examples:

  1.  She, therefore, left her school.
  2. He was hence unable to refuse the offer.
  3. Thus, there was no option left.

Double Comparatives and Superlatives

Adverbs that end in -ly use “more” instead to form the comparative degree, as in more highly in the sentence “Brent speaks more highly of her than his own sister”.

The most common error with double comparatives is the usage of both the -er ending and the word “more”. These sentences generally sound awkward when read out loud. Consider the following sentence without the word more: “Brent speaks highlier of her than his own sister.” Awkward, right? So we add more and remove the -er at the end of highly.

The superlative degree is used when something is being compared to three or more things. A common mistake with double superlatives is using both the ending -est and the word “most” in the same sentence.  For example, when describing the strongest among three friends, you don’t flatter a guy saying, “Omg, your grip is the most strongest.” Strongest will suffice to describe his grip.

Double Adverbs in a row

Adverbs can modify other adverbs, so seeing two or more adverbs in a row is not uncommon. It is grammatically correct as we shall see in this example:

He discussed extremely intelligently.

In the above sentence, there are two adverbs in a row, extremely and intelligently‘Intelligently’ is modifying the verb discuss (discussed) and ‘extremely’ is modifying the adverb ‘intelligently’.

Some other adverbs can be put together for emphasis or contrast such as the following:

  1. They missed the bus unexpectedly, unfortunately.
  2. We seldom selfishly deprive others of the right to speak.
  3. People generally generously give to charity.
  4. Some people can bravely briefly give some help to victims.
  5. The stranger boastfully boldly moves into the center of the room to dance.
  6. The lovers seriously shakily reached out for each other.
  7. The mother gorilla cleverly closely watches over her young one.
  8. The attorney officially often visits the prisoner.
Written by Victoria Mac Callum
Victoria honed up her English language skills in the Media Industry working at a campus radio station in 2014. Since then, she has upgraded to more demanding roles of English teacher on Preply and course creator. She's also a radio presenter, news anchor, voice-over artist, writer and editor. Profile
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