An adverb is a word that modifies (describes) a verb, adjective, another adverb, or even a whole sentence. Adverbs provide more information about how, when, where, or why something happens.

Adverb: The Art of Describing Actions

How to Identify Adverbs

– Adverbs often end in the suffix -ly. – However, not all words that end in -ly are adverbs.  For example, the word "friendly" is an adjective, not an adverb. – Some adverbs do not end in -ly at all.  For example, the words "fast," "hard," and "well" are adverbs.

Types of Adverbs

Adverbs of manner: These adverbs describe how something is done. For example, the words "quickly," "loudly," and "happily" are adverbs of manner. – Adverbs of degree: These adverbs describe the extent to which something is done.  For example, the words "very," "quite," and "almost" are adverbs of degree.

– Adverbs of place: These adverbs describe where something is done. For example, the words "here," "there," and "everywhere" are adverbs of place. – Adverbs of time: These adverbs describe when something is done. For example, the words "now," "then," and "later" are adverbs of time.

Examples of Adverbs

Here are some examples of adverbs in sentences: – The runner ran quickly across the finish line. – The flowers were incredibly beautiful. – The dog barked incessantly at the mail carrier. – The children played happily in the sandbox.

Adverbs and adjectives

 Adverbs not only modify verbs but also enrich adjectives.  An adverb modifying an adjective generally heightens or qualifies the characteristic conveyed by the adjective.


- The lake is quite beautiful. - This book is more interesting than the last one. - “Is my singing too loud?” asked Huan. - My cat is incredibly happy to be having his dinner. - We will be slightly late to the meeting. - This shirt is a very unflattering shade of puce.


– Adverbs play a pivotal role in enriching our understanding and expression of the world around us: – They provide essential details, enabling us to communicate with clarity and precision. – They enhance the expressiveness of our language, allowing us to convey subtle emotions and complex ideas. – They serve as invaluable tools for crafting engaging and persuasive writing and speech.