English Basics

Kinds of Adverb

Kinds of Adverb


Adverbs modify a verb by giving us information about the following aspects of a verb.

  1. How an action occurs
  2. Where an action occurs
  3. When an action occurs
  4. How often an action occurs

Depending on the above aspects of modification, the adverbs have following four types:

  1. Adverbs of manner: Angrily, Happily, Easily, Sadly, Rudely, Loudly, Fluently, Greedily, etc
  2. Adverbs of Place: Near, There, Here, Somewhere, Inside, Outside, Ahead, Top, High, Bottom, etc
  3. Adverbs of time: Yesterday, Now, Then, Tomorrow, Today, Late, Early, Tonight, Again, Soon etc
  4. Adverbs of frequency: Often, Sometimes, Usually, Frequently, Seldom, Daily, Again and again, Generally, Occasionally, Never, etc.

1⇒ Adverbs of Manner –Usage

These adverbs describe the manner of an action or the way of the occurrence of an action.

e.g. happily, sadly, sympathetically, harshly, carefully, carelessly, rudely, nicely, decently,  etc


  • They are living happily.
  • She completed her work nicely.
  • He was behaving angrily.
  • She treats the kids sympathetically
  • Sara is driving carelessly.
  • Students were listening to lecture carefully.

2⇒ Adverbs of Place – Usage

These adverbs express the place of the occurrence of an action or regarding an action.

e.g. here, there, near, outside, inside, bottom, top, ahead, somewhere, beneath, etc


  • They were coming here.
  • Some is talking outside.
  • Please come inside.
  • They live somewhere in Peshawar.
  • Kids are playing near the house.
  • He went downstairs.

3⇒ Adverbs of Time –  Usage

These adverbs states the time of occurrence of the action. It may give sharp or rough idea about the time of occurrence of an action.

e.g. soon, late, today, to night, early, tomorrow, yesterday, then, now, etc.


  • He will go to school tomorrow.
  • I met him yesterday.
  • Please call him now.
  • He will come soon.
  • I am still waiting for my friend.

4⇒ Adverbs of Frequency – Usage

These adverbs tell about how often (or how many times) an action occurs. It gives an idea about the frequency of occurrence of an action.

e.g. daily, weekly, seldom, frequently, usually, sometimes, most of the times, again and again, often, etc


  • I meet him daily.
  • He usually sleeps in the day.
  • She is calling me again and again
  • The failed student was frequently thinking about his failure in exam. 
  • The always helped me.
  • They come here too often.

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