What are Adverbs?
Definition of an Adverb
An adverb can be defined as,
The word whose addition helps to further explain the meaning of a verb, an adjective or another adverb in a sentence.
Understanding Adverbs, Their Types and Uses
In this article, we will go through the following:
Understanding adverbs by seeing them in action with other parts of sentence
What are the different types of adverbs?
Adverbs of place
Adverbs of manner
Adverbs of time
Adverbs of frequency
Adverbs of degree or quality
Adverbs of affirmation and negation
Examples of Adverbs in Action
Modifying a verb by an adverb
The girl reads quickly.
Here the word ‘quickly’ tells us that how the girl ‘reads’ (the verb). Thus in this way ‘quickly’ modifies the meaning of the verb ‘reads’ and explains it further, that is why it will be called as an adverb.
Modifying an adjective by adverbs
These grapes are extremely sour in taste.
Here the word ‘extremely’ tells us that how much the grapes are ‘sour’ (the adjective). Thus in this way, inclusion of the word ‘extremely’ helps further to explain the meaning of ‘sour’ in this sentence, that it why it shall be called as an adverb.
Modification of another adverb by an adverb
Anne types very quickly on the computer.
Here the word ‘very’ helps to tell us that to what extent can Anne write ‘quickly’ (the adverb) on the computer. Thus in this way, addition of the word ‘very’ before the main adverb helps to explain the ‘quickly’, that is why it will be referred to as an adverb.
Types of Adverbs
Adverbs are classified into types on the basis of their meanings. Let’s see what their types are:
What are Adverbs of Place?
The adverbs which are used by the speaker to explain where exactly a certain action is done or has been done are called as the adverbs of place. These adverbs are used to answer the question of ‘where?’ The adverbs of place usually come after the verb.
- Play there.
- We are going outside.
What are Adverbs of Manner ?
The adverbs which are used by the speaker to explain that in what manner a certain action is or were done are called as the adverbs of manner. There adverbs are used to answer the question of ‘how?’ While being used in a sentence, these adverbs generally come just after the verb.
- The little baby is sleeping soundly.
- The soldier fought bravely in the battle.
What are Adverbs of Time?
The adverbs which are used by the speaker to explain that at what time a certain action is or were done are referred to as the adverbs of time. These adverbs are used to answer the question of ‘when?’ While being used in a sentence, these adverbs may come at the beginning or the ending of sentence.
- I met her yesterday.
- We will come soon.
- Last week she went to a party.
What are Adverbs of Frequency?
The adverbs which are used by the speaker to indicate that how often an action takes or have taken place are called adverbs of frequency.
- I talked to him frequently.
- He rarely comes to school now.
What are Adverbs of Degree or Quantity?
The adverbs which indicate that how much something is or how much some action happens or happened are called adverbs of degree or quantity.
- I am almost ready.
- He was so glad.
What are Adverbs of Affirmation and Negation?
The adverbs which give a positive or a negative response related with the meaning of the verb, adjective or adverb in a sentences are called the adverbs of affirmation and negation.
- She certainly loves your cooking.
- Surely you would enjoy his company.