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An adverb describes a verb, an adjective or another adverb. For example,

  1. He talks politely.
  2. He is very intelligent.
  3. He looks very carefully.

In sentence number 1, politely describes the verb (talks)

In sentence number 2, very describes an adjective (intelligent)

In sentence number 3, very describes another adverb (carefully)

Types Of Adverb

There are nine types of adverb.

  1. Adverbs of Time: It expresses time. For example, before, after, today, tomorrow, next year, yesterday, etc.
  2. Adverbs of Place: It expresses the place. For example, here, there, up, down, above, below, inside, outside, etc.
  3. Adverbs of Numbers: It shows numbers. For example, once, seldom, always, twice, thrice, never, firstly, secondly, etc.
  4. Adverbs of Quantity: It expresses the quantity. For example, too, very, entirely, rather, fully, wholly, partially, etc.
  5. Adverbs of manner: It shows the manner or method to perform the action (verb). It generally comes with -ly. For example, politely, softly, fast, hard, bravely, loudly, wisely, etc.
  6. Adverbs of Reason: It expresses the reason. For example, therefore, consequently, etc.
  7. Adverbs of Affirmation or Negation: It expresses affirmation or negation. For example, not, indeed, certainly, surely, yes, etc.
  8. Relative Adverbs: It shows the relation between two sentence or clause.
  9. Interrogative Adverbs: It is used to ask the question. For example, when, how, how long, why, in what way, how much, how after, how many times, how far, etc.


  1. There is no word fastly use fast as an adverb and adjective.
  2. In a sentence with intransitive verb, adverb comes after verb. For example, He come late.
  3. In a sentence with transitive verb, adverb comes after the object. For example, I read newspaper carefully.
  4. When ‘enough’ is used as an adverb, it comes after the word it qualifies.
  5. Subject + Auxiliary verb + Adverb + main verb—kindly remember this. For example, We will certainly kill him.
  6. In case of 2 auxiliary verbs in a sentence, adverb comes in between 2 auxiliary verbs. For example, It will always be a problem.
  7. ‘Only’ even, merely, solely—They come before the word for which they are being used. For example,
  •   He cannot walk ever on smooth roads.
  •   I have only one pen.

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