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Types of Adverbs

Going forward, I will be sharing more grammar-based blogs to help students learn and understand some of the more difficult aspects of the English language. In this blog, I will be talking about English Grammar and the different adverbs; how they are formed, the different types of adverbs and providing example sentences to ensure clear understanding. As always with my blogs, if you have any questions, or want to share your learning journey, please get in touch!

What is an adverb?

So, firstly. What is an adverb? An adverb is a word, phrase or expression that modifies a verb, adjective, another adverb, or a whole sentence. They can answer questions to things like – how, how much, where, when, and how often. Adverbs are very common in the English language and are often used without realising by native speakers. 

Here is a breakdown of the different types of adverbs, along with example sentences: 

Adverbs in relation to ‘where’ – 

  • Inside
  • Abroad
  • Behind
  • Downstairs
  • Anywhere

Examples of ‘where’ adverbs in sentences:

  • I stayed inside because it was snowing.
  • I can’t wait to be able to go abroad.
  • She is always falling behind in class.
  • Lunch is ready! Can you come downstairs?
  • We can’t go anywhere at the moment.

Adverbs in relation to ‘how much’ – 

  • Almost
  • Very
  • Enough
  • Completely
  • Fully

Examples of ‘how much’ adverbs in sentences:

  • I go walking almost every day.
  • It is very cold outside today.
  • I think you’ve had enough chocolate today.
  • That was a completely pointless exercise.
  • Has he fully recovered from his injury yet?
English Grammar Adverbs

Adverbs in relation to ‘how’ – 

  • Secretly
  • Quickly
  • Accidentally
  • Carefully
  • Strongly

Examples of ‘how’ adverbs in sentences:

  • She secretly followed him to the shops.
  • He ran the race very quickly.
  • They accidentally got locked in the shop after closing time.
  • He carefully performed the operation.
  • She was strongly against the idea.

Adverbs in relation to ‘when’ – 

  • Last year
  • Tomorrow
  • Already
  • Yesterday
  • Tonight

Examples of ‘when’ adverbs in sentences:

  • They went to Portugal last year.
  • Tomorrow we will go to the park.
  • I have already eaten breakfast.
  • Yesterday, it snowed all day long.
  • Tonight, we’re going to the cinema. 

Adverbs in relation to ‘how often’ – 

  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Rarely
  • Frequently
  • Hardly ever

Examples of ‘how often’ adverbs in sentences:

  • Sometimes I don’t understand his jokes.
  • I often go running with my local run club.
  • We rarely see each other anymore.
  • The teacher frequently gives out homework.
  • You hardly ever see jaguars in the wild. 

Why don’t you try to write a few example sentences using adverbs following the examples above? 

English Grammar Adverbs

Comparative and Superlative Adverbs

Once you are familiar with using the standard, day to day adverbs used in English grammar, you can look to add comparative and superlative adverbs into your speaking and written language too. 

Comparative Adverbs

Comparative adverbs are used to show change or make comparisons. The word ‘than’ is also often used in sentences with comparative adverbs, much like when talking about comparisons in general. 

Example – She began to move more quickly/ She moves more quickly than she used to.

We can also use words and phrases known as intensifiers with comparatives. Intensifiers are used to show emphasis or strengthen the meaning of words and phrases. 

Some example intensifiers that can be used with comparatives are:

  • Much
  • Far
  • A lot
  • Quite a lot

Example – There is much more traffic on the roads nowadays.

Superlative Adverbs

Superlative adverbs are used to make comparisons too. We can also use intensifiers with superlatives such as:

  • Easily
  • By far
  • Much

Example – Mo Farah is easily the fastest runner in Britain.

As I said at the start, adverbs are very common within the English language, and are often used by native speakers without realising. They are a great way to add detail to everyday sentences and conversations. Hopefully, with these example sentences and breakdowns, they will help you on your English language learning journey. For more grammar help and tips, check out my blogs on my website and my Instagram pages for daily grammar updates.