Adverbs English Grammar Rules


English Grammar Rules

Adverbs describe verbs (actions). They give more detail about the action.

Slowly is an adverb since it describes the way my cat eats.
How does my cat eat? Slowly.

Adverbs will generally answer the question 'How'.

Some adverbs are used to modify an adjective.

Adverbs that do this are: very, extremely, really, totally, absolutely, quite, fairly, well. These are normally placed before the adjective.

Types of Adverbs

There are many types of adverbs, such as:

Adverbs of Frequency - always, sometimes, never, once a week, hourly, etc.

Adverbs of Manner - carefully, slowly, loudly

Adverbs of Time - tomorrow, now, this year, next week, soon, then

Adverbs of Place/Location - here, there, above, everywhere

Adverbs of Degree - very, extremely, rather, almost, nearly, too, quite

Adverbs of Quantity - a few, a lot, much

Adverbs of Attitude - fortunately, apparently, clearly

Adverbs Word Order

Adverbs are usually placed after the verb:

When there is an object, the adverb is usually placed after the verb + object:

However, adverbs are never positioned between the verb and the object.

Sometimes adverbs are placed at the beginning of a clause.

There are exceptions these rules such as Adverbs of indefinite frequency that go before the verb. See each section we have about adverbs for more details and exceptions.

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To see the spelling rules for adverbs, check out: Adverbs Spelling -LY

To see more information about adverbs of frequency, check out: Adverbs of Frequency

Check out our grammar notes about Compound Adjectives which sometimes contain both adjectives and adverbs.

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