Adverbs their Types and Usage Explained with detail Examples

Hello dear students explorer, I hope you are going well with health and your study. In this post you will learn adverb and types of adverbs as well as their usage with different and details examples. Before going ahead, you must know what is verb, if you do not know please go and study verb first.


What are types of Adverbs

An adverb is used to alter, modify and qualify words containing an adjective, a verb, a clause, another adverb, or any other type of word or phrase, with the exception of determiners and adjectives, that directly modify nouns.

In better understanding, adverb is to consider about them like a words which provide context. Precisely, adverbs tell us a explanation of how, where, when, in what manner and happens etc.

Adverb often ends in –ly, but it is not necessary. There are many words which do not ends in ly.


Different Adverbs Performs Different Functions

Function of adverb provide detail about how something is done is called the adverbial function, and it may be achieved using adverbial clauses and adverbial phrases also the adverb stand alone. adverbs to make sentences more meaningful will be easier for you. Examples are given.

  • When? She always arrives early.
  • How? He drives carefully.
  • Where? They go everywhere together.
  • In what way? She eats slowly.
  • To what extent? It is terribly hot.

There are various rules of adverb. Students must remember the rules of Adverb because it will help them making sentences accurately.

Adverb use to modify verbs. Notice that the second of these two sentences is much more interesting simply because it contains an adverb. For example:

Jenny drives car. (Here you know Jenny driving car, but you don’t really know much more about the scene.)

Jenny drive car excitedly. (Here you know Jenny driving, Excitedly, happily).


Types of Adverbs

  • Adverb of Manner
  • Adverb of place
  • An Adverb of Frequency
  • Adverb of Time


An Adverb of Manner

It will describe how an action is being carried out. Frequently, adverbs of manner are adjectives after adding -ly to the end, but this is surely not always the case but some adverbs of manner have the same spelling as the adjective form. Following are examples of adverbs of manner:

  • Anjali passed the exam hardly.
  • Police walk quickly to catch the theft.
  • The dinner party went badly.
  • Maya answered the question correctly.


Adverbs of Place

An adverb of place, also known as spatial adverbs, it helps to understand where action is being happened. Adverbs of place are linked with the action of the verb in a sentence, providing following context for:

  • Direction
  • Distance
  • Position

The above list of terms don’t usually end in -ly. Following are the example of Adverb of Place.

Examples of Adverb of Directions

  • Pakistan is located east of India.
  • Thieves ran down the mountainside.
  • First, I looked here, and then I looked there, but I could not get car anywhere.

It is worthy to mentioned that here and there are often used at the beginning of a sentence to express emphasis or in exclamation.

  • Here comes the Moon.
  • There is love in the caring.
  • Here you are!


Many times, adverbs of place can be used as prepositions as well. The difference is, when the phrase is used as an adverb, it is modifying a verb; when it is used as a preposition, it is always followed by a noun.  For example:


Pakistan is located east of India. (It shows Adverb because modifying verb).

Thieves ran down mountainside. (It shows preposition, because followed by noun Mountainside).



Example for Adverb of Distance

  • There was a deli
  • Jane is moving far away.
  • Carly is sitting close to me.


Example for Adverb of Position

  • The money lies in the secret box.
  • The Julie is sleeping on the bed.
  • Why are you not dancing with your girlfriend?

In addition, some adverbs of position will refer to a direction of movement. These often end in -ward or -wards. For example:

  • Oscar transmitted onward to Dubai.
  • James looked upwards to the sky.


Adverbs of Frequency

It indicate time. It can be divided two main groups. The first, adverbs of indefinite frequency, are terms that are unclear in meaning as to how long and how often something occurs: usually, always, normally. These types of adverbs will commonly be placed after the main verb.


Following are the examples of Adverbs of Frequency that usually placed before the main verb:

  • I can normally make the shot.
  • I will always love


Following are the example of Adverbs of definite frequency will usually be placed at the end of the sentence.

  • We get paid weekly.
  • I go there
  • The situation seems to change annually.


Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time, is appears to be similar to adverbs of frequency, which indicate us when something happens. It is placed at the end of a sentence. Following are examples of Adverbs of Time:

  • I will see you
  • Anny forgot his breakfast yesterday and again today.
  • She must go now.
  • She first met me last year.

It is further note that it is correct to have the adverb of time at the end of the sentence but you can place it at the start of the sentence to put a different importance on the time if it is essential to the context.

  • Last year was the worst year of my life.
  • Tomorrow our fate will be sealed.
  • Yesterday my troubles seemed so far away.


Adverbs of Purpose

It is also known as adverbs of reason, which support in describing why something happened. They can come in the form of individual words – so, since, thus, because – but also clauses – so that, to. Following are examples of Adverbs of Purpose:

  • She was ill, thus didn’t go to work yesterday.
  • I started exercise so that I wouldn’t be get fatty.
  • Because he got tired, he jogged a little slower.
  • Since it’s your anniversary, I shall buy you a gift.

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Positions of Adverbs

It is always different in different sentences, it is not fixed. Though, there are some rules which support us to choose where should one place an adverb position.

The rules are also depending on whether the adverb is acting to modify an adjective or another adverb, a verb or what type of adverb it is. Following are example:

It was really a horrible movie. (The adverb really modifies the adjective horrible.)

It was dusty wind that night. (The adverb dusty modifies the adjective wind.)


Order of Adverbs

Order of adverbs is important and there are clear rules about it. Some adverbs will act to modify another, it has to follow. In short, the adverbs get preference in the following order:



It usually positioned at the end of the sentence for example:

  • Monika smiled nervously.
  • I rinse the oil on hair gently.
  • Jessica lived here.



It usually positioned at the end of the sentence for example:

  • Monika smiled nervously.
  • I rinse the oil on hair gently.
  • Jessica lived here.



It should be place at end of the sentence, when there is adverb is of definite time, for example:

  • I completed it last year.
  • They can examine it the day after tomorrow.
  • Let’s go to swimming pool next day.



It shows how often but no exact point of time. In other words, if it is an indefinite period, it will place between the subject and main verb, for example:

  • We often go to see Eifel Tower in France.
  • Julie regularly fights here.
  • Amaar and Audrey always hate fishing by the lake.


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