are the most common kind of
verb modifiers. They are
usually grouped into adverb of
manner & Frequency & adverb
of place & Time. By far the
most numerous adverbs in
English are those ending in ‘ly’
She dresses prettily He lives quietly
They sing beautifully We cheered happily
The following words often called “Flat” adverbs
function both as adverbs or as adjectives
without change in form: fast, hard late,
Raul is a fast worker
Raul works fast .
This is a hard assignment.
Father works hard.
Some adverb of types that do not end in –ly are
always, in, later, once, away, up, often
I met her once He is in.
You are often absent You go up
There is a small group of adverbs ending in d-or
wards that express destination or direction of
movement, such as forward(s) afterward(s),
backward(s) and downward(s)
He took a backward step.
Can you write backward(s)
The homeward journey was pleasant.
They traveled homeward(s) by boat.
is the form of
an or e that expresses a
degree of the adverb or adjective being
used that is greater than any other
of the given descriptor.
English superlatives are typically formed
with the suffix -
est (e.g. healthiest, weakest) or the
word most (most recent, most
Carefully more carefully most carefully
Freely more freely most freely
Easily more easily most easily
These adverbs tell us that in which manner the
action occurs or how the action occurs or
occurred or will occur.
• She speaks loudly.
He was driving slowly.
You replied correctly.
He runs fast.
They solved the problem easily.
Listen to me carefully.
• Adverb of place tells us about the place of action
or where action occurs/occurred/will occur.
e.g. here, there, near, somewhere, outside,
ahead, on the top, at some place.
• He will come here.
The children are playing outside.
He was standing near the wall.
They were flying kites on the top of hill.
He lives somewhere in New York.
She went upstairs.
• These adverbs tell us about the time of
action. e.g. now, then, soon, tomorrow,
yesterday, today, tonight, again, early,
• I will buy a computer tomorrow.
The guest came yesterday.
Do it now.
She is still waiting for her brother.
He got up early in the morning.
• Adverbs of frequency tell us how many times
the action occurs or occurred or will occur.
e.g. daily, sometimes, often, seldom, usually,
frequently, always, ever, generally, rarely,
• He goes to school daily.
She never smokes.
He is always late for class.
They always come in time.
Barking dogs seldom bite.
The employees are paid monthly.
The employees are paid every month.