Adverbs are words that tell you more about verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. Many adverbs end in -ly.
- The baby is sleeping soundly.
- They laughed loudly.
- The dog is barking fiercely.
- Alice skated beautifully.
- The Prince and the Princess lived happily ever after.
- The birds are singing sweetly.
- It is raining heavily.
- The dog and the cat live together peacefully.
- The soldiers fought bravely.
- The sun is shining brightly.
- The old man walked slowly.
Adverb phrases are groups of words that functions as single adverbs to describe the action of the verb.
- Are you sitting in a comfortable chair?
- Mr. Dickson always dresses in fashionable clothes.
- He draws cartoons like a real cartoonist.
- The train arrived on time.
1. Adverbs of Manner
Some adverbs and adverb phrases describe the way people do things. They answer the question "How?"
- The driver braked suddenly.
- The parcel arrived safely.
- The dog jumped up playfully.
- Please write legibly.
- Please speak clearly.
- Look closely at these footprints.
- You have all answered correctly.
- You can shop cheaply at this store.
- Jamal dressed smartly for the party.
- Maria is behaving selfishly.
- The man drove carelessly.
- The twins liked to dress differently.
- She played skillfully.
2. Adverbs of Time
Some adverbs and adverb phrases answer the question "when?"
- Can I do my work later? No, do it now.
- Paul has just arrived.
- He often swims in the evening.
- Lisa is always cheerful.
- Sometimes I ride my bike to school.
- Everyone arrived early.
- David arrived late.
- It’s snowing again.
- The mother bird started to build her nest yesterday.
- She is continuing to build it today.
- She will finish it tomorrow.
- John’s shoes were too big for him last year.
- They fit him this year.
- They will be too small for him next year.
- It rained last night.
- The weather is fine this morning.
3. Adverbs of Place
Some adverbs and adverb phrases answer the question "where?"
- Mom and Dad are watching television upstairs.
- The children are playing downstairs.
- It's raining. Let's go inside.
- Alex, you can stay outside.
- Come here!
- Please put the books there.
- The workers are moving the rubbish away.
- The miners are working underground.
- They are going abroad to study.
- There are trees everywhere.
- Alice lived next door.
- Where's Shamika?
4. Adverbs of Frequency
Some adverbs and adverb phrases answer the question "how often?"
- Katy practices the piano regularly.
- The children always go to school on the bus.
- I’ll never make that mistake again.
- Have you ever been to Japan?
- We’ve been to Disneyland twice.
- The shops are often very busy.
- The newspaper is delivered daily.
- We walk home from school every day.
- I clean my bedroom every week.
- Have you forgotten my name? I’ve told you three times already.
- Dad polishes his shoes twice a week.
- You should go to the dentist once every six months.
5. Adverbs of Duration
Some adverbs and adverb phrases answer the question "how long?"
- The library is temporarily closed.
- We’re staying in a hotel overnight.
- The teacher left the classroom briefly.
- The snow lasted for three days.
- Mom was away a very long time.
- Stand still for a moment while I comb your hair.
- He talked to his girlfriend for over an hour.
- We waited for ages for a bus.
- I haven’t seen my cousins for two years.
- We stayed up all night talking.
6. Adverbs of Emphasis
Most adverbs describe verbs, but some adverbs also describe adjectives or other adverbs. They are usually used to add emphasis.
- Anna can run really fast.
- That’s a very good drawing.
- My rice is too hot.
- The film was just terrible.
- Your excuses are completely unbelievable.
- These old tools are totally useless.
- She sings quite beautifully.