The 5 Basic Types of Adverb List & Adverb Examples


Can you please explain the five types of adverbs?

Adverbs of time,
Adverbs of manner,
Adverbs of degree,
Adverbs of place,
Adverbs of frequency

with example sentences?


The 5 Basic Types of Adverbs

Adverbs provide a deeper description of a verb within any sentence. There are five basic types of adverbs in the English language, namely that of Manner, Time, Place, Frequency, and Degree.

Here is a brief explanation of the meaning each has, along with example sentences using each type of adverb.

Adverbs of Time

An adverb of time provides more information about when a verb takes place. Adverbs of time are usually placed at the beginning or end of a sentence. When it is of particular importance to express the moment something happened we’ll put it at the start of a sentence.

Examples of adverbs of time: never, lately, just, always, recently, during, yet, soon, sometimes, usually, so far

  • So far, we have found twelve grammar mistakes.
  • I haven’t been going to the gym lately.
  • We recently bought a new car.

Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place illustrate where the verb is happening. It’s usually placed after the main verb or object, or at the end of the sentence.

Examples of adverbs of place: here, there, nowhere, everywhere, out, in, above, below, inside, outside, into

  • We went into the cave, and there were bats everywhere!
  • One day when my dad wasn’t paying attention to where he was going, he walked into a wall.
  • There aren’t any PokΓ©mon here, let’s look somewhere else.

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of manner provide more information about how a verb is done. Adverbs of manner are probably the most common of all adverbs. They’re easy to spot too. Most of them will end in –ly.

Examples of adverbs of manner: neatly, slowly, quickly, sadly, calmly, politely, loudly, kindly, lazily

  • The young soldier folded his clothes neatly in a pile at the end of his bunk.
  • I politely opened the door for my grandmother as she stepped out of the car.
  • A fat orange and white cat rested lazily on the sofa.

Adverbs of Degree

Adverbs of degree explain the level or intensity of a verb, adjective, or even another adverb.

Example of adverbs of degree: almost, quite, nearly, too, enough, just, hardly, simply, so

  • Can I come to the movies too?
  • Aren’t you hungry? You’ve hardly touched your dinner.
  • I’m so excited to see the new James Bond movie!

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency explain how often the verb occurs. They’re often placed directly before the main verb of a sentence.

Examples of adverbs of frequency: never, always, rarely, sometimes, normally, seldom, usually, again

  • I rarely eat fast food these days.
  • Tom usually takes his dog for a walk before breakfast.
  • They always go to the same restaurant every Friday.



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