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An adverb modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.

An adverb tells how, when, where, or to what extent (how much, how often, or how long).

  • The surgeon proceeded cautiously. [how] 
  • They work here. [where] 
  • She understood the instructions entirely. [to what extent]

Adverbs Modifying Verbs

Adverbs are used most often to modify verbs. An adverb makes the meaning of a verb more specific. 

  • She did not explain the instructions clearly. [The adverbs not and clearly describe the verb phrase did explain by telling how.]

Adverbs Modifying Adjectives

An adverb makes the meaning of an adjective more specific. 

  • The students were quite inventive with their projects. [The adverb quite describes the adjective inventive by telling to what extent.] 
  • An exceptionally musical child, Dinah played the piano at an early age. [The adverb exceptionally describes the adjective musical by telling to what extent.]

Adverbs Modifying Other Adverbs

An adverb makes the meaning of another adverb more specific. 

  • Is it too late to sign up for tryouts? [The adverb too modifies the adverb late by telling to what extent.] 
  • A beginner, he plays the guitar remarkably well. [The adverb remarkably modifies the adverb well by telling to what extent.]

Here is a list of different types of adverbs with examples for each:

1. Adverbs of Manner - describe how an action is performed
   - quickly: She ran quickly to catch the bus.
   - happily: She smiled happily at her friends.
   - carefully: He handled the vase carefully.

2. Adverbs of Frequency - describe how often an action is performed
   - often: He often goes to the gym.
   - rarely: She rarely eats junk food.
   - always: They always arrive on time.

3. Adverbs of Time - describe when an action is performed
   - yesterday: We went to the park yesterday.
   - soon: They will leave for vacation soon.
   - now: I am writing this sentence now.

4. Adverbs of Place - describe where an action is performed
   - here: Please come here.
   - there: The car is parked over there.
   - outside: The children are playing outside.

5. Adverbs of Degree - describe the intensity or degree of an action
   - very: She is very happy.
   - extremely: The movie was extremely exciting.
   - quite: The food was quite salty.


What are adverbs?
Adverbs are words that modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Adverbs provide more details about these words by answering questions like "how", "when", "where", "how much", etc.

What do adverbs do?
Adverbs describe, quantify, qualify, and modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.

What are some examples of adverbs?
Examples of adverbs:
  • Adverbs of manner: quickly, slowly, badly, carefully
  • Adverbs of time: yesterday, tomorrow, later, now
  • Adverbs of frequency: always, usually, sometimes, never
  • Adverbs of degree: very, too, quite, extremely
  • Adverbs of place: here, there, inside, outside
Where do adverbs go in a sentence?
Adverbs can go at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence. Mid-sentence position is most common. For example, "She quickly ran up the stairs."

What are adverbial phrases?
Adverbial phrases are groups of words that function as adverbs. For example, "with caution", "before dinner", "on occasion".


  1. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, and Geoffrey Leech
  2. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language by Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum
  3. Oxford Modern English Grammar by Bas Aarts

Adverbs Quiz

Choose the word that is an adverb.

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