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To express in which way someone does something. They refer to the action and not to the performer.

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Adverbs can modify a verb, an Adjective or another Adverb. We explain the different types, rules and uses.

MANNER

USE

They are used to express in which way something is done or happens. Most of these adverbs end with -Ly...

- Carefully

- Quickly

- Cleverly

- Happily

- Slowly

  • Examples

    She kissed the baby carefully.

    They smiled happily.

    The car was quickly fixed.

TIME

USE

They are used to express when something is done or happens.

- Always

- Soon

- Never

- Sometimes

- Yesterday

- Immediately

- Last week

  • Examples

    He sometimes goes to school by bus.

    They arrived home yesterday.

    Come back soon!

    Last week, I visited the doctor.

    They have never been to New York.

PLACE

USE

They are used to express in which place something is done or happens.

- Here

- There

- Under

- Above

- Behind

- Outside

- Inside

  • Examples

    He was waiting outside the house.

    The cat is under the table.

    Sam is standing over there.

    The child is behind the door.

DEGREE

USE

They are used to express the level in which something is done or happens. Generally they help to emphasize an action...

- Really

- So

- Too

- Very

- Almost

- Much

  • Examples

    They had a really big accident.

    She earns too much money.

    I can run very fast.

    I love you so much!

FREQUENCY

USE

They are used to express how frequently something is done or happens.

- Again

- Always

- Never

- Occasionally

- Often

- Rarely

- Once

- Sometimes

  • Examples

    It is raining again.

    I often go to bed early.

    Susan failed an exam once in her life.

    It occasionally snows in winter here.

RULES

To transform an adjective into an adverb, generally we add -Ly to the adjective.

If the adjective ends with –Y, it is replaced by – I and we add –Ly in the end.

If the adjective ends with –Le, it is replaced by –Ly.

If it ends with -E, we add -Ly in the end.

Nice > Nicely

Safe > Safely

Noisy > Noisily

Horrible > Horribly

Happy > Happily

Easy > Easily

Slow > Slowly

Careful > Carefully

Near > Nearly

Lazy > Lazily

Famous > Famously

Some adjectives are irregular, it means that, instead of adding -Ly in the end, they change its form to become an Adverb...

- Good - Well (irregular).

- Fast - Fast (irregular).

- Hard - Hard (irregular).

Take into account that not all the words ending with -Ly are adverbs.

USE

USED TO

Modify Verbs

The team played "badly" yesterday.

I have been studying "continually" for hours.

He drives "carefully" when he is with his baby.

She shouted "angrily".

They are waiting "anxiously".

USED TO

Modify Adjectives

It was an "extremely" interesting show.

She is "absolutely" worried.

They are "constantly" angry.

USED TO

Modify Other Adverbs

He lost "too" much money.

She loves you "so" much!

They are behaving "extremely" bad.

USED TO

Modify Quantities

They are "quite" a lot of animals.

There are "just" many tables.

USED TO

Modify Whole Sentences

"Unfortunately", they didn't win.

"Naturally", the teacher asked them to sit down.

"Happily", the children were found.

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