An adverb is a word that describes a verb. It tells you about an action, or the way something is done. A lot of 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.
1. Adverbs of Manner
Some adverbs describe the way something is done.
- 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 describe when something happens.
- 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 tell you where something happens.
- 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?