In this article we are going to talk about the What are adverbs? different types of adverbs and identify the adverb in sentence.
What are adverbs?
Adverb is a word that describes the verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. An adverb is a word that tells something more about a verb. Adverb tells where, how or when an action happens. Daily, somewhere, quickly, everywhere, calmly, regularly, nowhere, freely, silently, near soon, Etc are adverbs.
An adverb never describes a noun or a pronoun, adverbs describe verbs.
Let us study adverbs more deeply-
- I ate my breakfast quickly.
Here quickly tells us how the action happens, that is quickly describes the action word ate.
- Ram sees dogs everywhere.
In this example, everywhere tells us where the action happens that is everywhere describes the action word sees.
- My father came home quickly.
Quickly, tells us when the action happens that is early describes the action word came.
- They walked slowly.
The adverb slowly modifies the verb walked.
- It was a fairly clear day.
The adverb fairly modifies the adjectives clear.
- The group practices quite often.
The adverb quite modifies the adverb often.
There are different types of adverbs
Adverb of Manner-
It tells us how an action happens.
- He drove the car carefully.
- The gymnastic gracefully performed on the stage.
Carefully and gracefully are the adverbs of manner used in sentences.
Adverb of Place-
It tells us where an action happens.
- He stayed here,
- James part, his motorcycle nearby.
Adverb of Time-
It tells us when an action happens.
I will tell you the story tomorrow.
The best way to find the adverb of time is to ask, when will you tell the story? The answer is tomorrow.
Note: if you don’t want to put emphasis on the time, you can also put the adverb of time at the beginning of the sentence.
Adverb of Frequency-
It tells us how often an action occurs or how many times.
- I see him daily.
- They always helped me.
Adverb of Degree-
It tells us the degree or extent to which is something happens. They answer the question, how much or to what degree.
- Mary is very beautiful.
- He drove quite dangerously.
Adverb of Affirmation-
It tells us that something is true or positive
Examples: Yes, really, certainly, absolutely, positively, definitely, truly, undoubtedly and Shirley.
Adverb of Negation-
It tells us that something is not true or negative.
Examples: no, not, never, nothing.
Once again, these are the different kinds of adverbs with their examples.
At this point, let us try to identify the adverb in each sentence.
- The old woman was walking slowly,
The adverb is slowly, and it is the adverb of manner.
- I often visit my grandparents.
The adverb is often, and it is an adverb of frequency.
- The project is not practical,
Not is the adverb, and it is negation.
- He will go to school tomorrow.
Tomorrow is the adverb, and it is the adverb of time.
- It is extremely hot today.
The adverb used is extremely, and it is the adverb of degree.
If you combine different types of adverbs, the adverbs will always be in this order: Manner, Place, Time or the easier way is to remember the format MPT.
For example:: Laura danced gracefully here yesterday.
Gracefully is manner, Here is Place, Yesterday is time.
Don’t get confused between adverbs and adjectives:
Adverbs describe verbs, adjectives describe nouns. An adverb never describes a noun.
- I eat a heavy meal.
Here the word heavy describes the noun meal.
- The dress is elegant.
Here elegant and adjective describes the dress, which is a noun.
- She dresses elegantly.
Here elegantly an adverb describes the verb dresses.