Types of adverbs

The topic of adverbs in English cannot be called complex, but it cannot be called simple either. Just the difference between interrogative adverbs and interrogative pronouns can cause difficulties. Therefore, below we will try to understand in detail what they are, English adverbs. 

First, it is worth remembering that the adverb exists to give additional meaning to the verb. In other words, it means a sign of action. The forms of adverbs, as well as its components, can be different. The place in the sentence also varies depending on the use case. 

The questions for adverbs are: how? where? why? when? (they are also called interrogative adverbs).  

1. She is writing down those words very carefully. 

2. Oh my God! I love this song so much 

Classification of English adverbs occurs on their basis, so below is a table, let’s analyze the types and give examples:  

Sign 

Adverb 

Example 

Action (how?) 

fast 

slowly 

quietly 

You got arrested because you were driving too fast.  

It is extremely dangerous to try to touch wild animals in the zoos.  

Frequency (how often?)  

always 

usually 

often 

never 

rarely 

She usually calls me on her way home.  

I have never been abroad in my whole life.  

Sarah often does the same routine. 

Time (when?)  

yesterday  

soon  

tomorrow 

I hope I will finish this task tomorrow.  

Sam and Christopher made a really good song last year.  

Yesterday I visited my friends from school at hospital.  

Place (where?)  

everywhere 

below 

here/there 

This loud sounds seems to be everywhere.  

We can go somewhere we have never been before.  

Put your keys and coins here, please. 

Direction (where to?)  

past 

down 

to the left 

straight (to) 

So I was walking past her house when I suddenly heard strange noises.  

You need to go straight to that building to get to the restaurant.  

Degree  

very 

a bit 

quite 

pretty (= quite) 

really 

She was a little bit upset because she got a bad mark for her test today.  

Catherine knew her mother pretty well so she could say what she was up to.  

Comment 

surprisingly 

actually 

Surprisingly the cake came out very well despite is was first time me baking something.  

Actually he was late for work for the third time this week, so fortunately he haven’t got fired so far.  

Certainty 

surely 

hardly 

definitely 

Peter hardly could speak cause his throat was drained.  

Form of adverbs 

As mentioned above, adverbs can be both simple and complex. That is why one more category should be distinguished - the form. 

- simple (separate words - now, today, hard, etc.); 

- derivatives (formed with the help of suffixes from quality adjectives - loud - loudly); 

- complex (two words or more words make up one - therefore, sometimes); 

- compound (consist of several words - at least).