Adverbs

Adverbs are words that tell you more about verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. Many adverbs end in -ly.

Examples

  • 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.