Adverbs – Added to the Verbs


An adverb is a word describes a verb or action. Take an example – RUN.

You can run in so many manners, at various places, at different time, in different degree and at different frequency:

  • Run FAST (Manner)
  • Run HASTILY (Manner)
  • Run here (Place)
  • Run later (Time)
  • Run always (Frequency)
  • Run carefully (Purpose)

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of Manner describe how something happens. Where there are two or more verbs in a sentence, adverb placement affects the meaning. Some commonly used adverbs of manner include:

  • Carefully, correctly, eagerly, easily, fast, loudly, patiently, quickly, quietly, well, accidentally, carefully, intentionally, purposely.

Questions for Practice

  1. The team played ____ and won the match.
  2. Read ___! Haven’t you learnt alphabets.
  3. It cannot be done that ___ as you think. So many people have tried and failed.
  4. Maria listened to him ___ and finally asked him, “Is that all?”
  5. Don’t speak so ___. The child will wake up!

Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of Place describe where something happens. Most adverbs of place are also used as prepositions. Some commonly used examples include the following:

  • Abroad, aboard, anywhere, downstairs, here, home, in, nowhere, out, outside, somewhere, there, underground, upstairs.

Practice Questions

  1. I must have met you ___ near the Church. I have a poor memory!
  2. The beggar has been waiting for you ___ the house. Won’t you go out and meet him?
  3. You can’t sit ___ in the park. There are no benches.
  4. They met and fell in love ___ an airplane and married on a ship.
  5. Mr. Davies is not ___. You can meet him at the club.

Adverbs of Purpose

Adverbs of Purpose describe why something happens. Here are some common examples:

  • So, So that, To, In order to, Because, Since, so that not

Questions for Practice

  1. Jenny walks ___ to avoid falling.
  2. Bob ___ broke the vase.
  3. He slapped a cop ___ to be arrested by the police.
  4. Study well Myna ___ you can stand second in the class.
  5. The teacher sang a song ___ amuse the children.

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of Frequency describe how often something happens. The following adverbs are commonly used in this way:

  • Always, ever, never, often, rarely, seldom, sometimes, usually, hardly.

Questions for Practice

  1. ___ listen to the voice of your conscience.
  2. She ___ wondered whom she could have married if we hadn’t met in the war.
  3. ___ a little rebuke is good for children like you.
  4. I could ___ think of fooling a customer therefore I have a large number of satisfied customers.
  5. __ I like rains but today I didn’t welcome it.

Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of Time describe when something happens. These examples are commonly used:

  • After, Already, During, Finally, Just, Last, Later, Next, Now, Recently, Soon, Then, Tomorrow, When, While, Yesterday.

Questions for Practice

  1. I will meet you either ___ or the day after.
  2. Tell me the truth ___ or you will always have to feel sorry for it.
  3. We will talk about politics ___. Now let’s worry about people.
  4. ___ shut up, Aysha! You have wasted enough time!
  5. ___ will you tell me the story of Roger Skunk?

Adverbs of Degree

  • Almost, absolutely, awfully, badly, barely, completely, decidedly, deeply, enough, enormously, entirely, extremely, fairly, far, fully, greatly, hardly, highly, how, incredibly, indeed, intensely, just, least, less, little, lots, most, much, nearly, perfectly, positively, practically, pretty, purely, quite, rather, really, scarcely, simply

Fill in the blanks with adverbs of degree

  1. They have ___ done the work. See, what a mess!
  2. She spoke ___ and kept quite after that.
  3. You have cried ___, Roshni. Now stop crying.
  4. For seven hours Aisha thought ___ about her examination and then fell asleep.
  5. She has ___ escaped from the lion and ran to her village.
  6. The church is ___ destroyed. Not a stone is in place.
  7. Your paper is ___ done. You can now go.

Fill in the blanks with adverbs of degree

  • so
  • somewhat
  • strongly
  • terribly*
  • thoroughly
  • too
  • totally
  • utterly
  • very
  • virtually
  • well

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