General outline of types of adverbs

Adverbs are used to describe the situation in which action is performed. It means that in which place, time, or  manner, the action is performed. Besides, it also describes the nature of adjective too. Accordingly, adverbs are classified into, time, place, manner, purpose etc. Here, in this blog, ” General outline of types of adverbs” you will get sufficient information about the types of adverbs and appropriate application.

Definition and meaning  of adverb – a part of speech

Grammatically, Adverb is a word used to qualify, or modify the given meaning of — Adjective, Verb, or even Adverb.

For verb, it describes the exact situation in which action is performed, and for adjectives, it describes the degree of nature.

Undoubtedly, it gives any sentence a complete meaning by describing the place, time or purpose of performed action in the sentence.

Types of adverbs

Let’s see the major types of adverbs and some examples

Adverb of time

•It describes the time duration in which action is performed. Such as, when, or how long the action is happening.

•Today, tomorrow, yesterday, just, now, etc.

•We are going to visit tomorrow.

Adverb of place

•It describes the position, distance, or directions of verb in action. Where?

•Up, downward, here, there, northward, etc.

•He is just wandering here and there.

Adverb of manner

•It describes the nature of action. Simply, how something happens or someone does something.

•Miraculously, beautifully, surprisingly, shockingly, slowly etc.

•He gently entered into the house last night.

Adverb of degrees

•It is used for intensity of action.

•Clearly, truly, fairly, somewhat, undoubtedly etc.

•Undoubtedly, he is going to clinch the trophy.

Adverb of frequency

•It is used to describe the frequency of verb in action. How frequently something happens.

•Often, always, sometimes, usually, rarely, etc.

•I daily go for workout.

•Adverb of purpose

•Adverbs of negation

Use of adverbs

•To qualify adjectives:-

•Cyclonic disasters are very big challenge for our country.

In this example, “very”is the ‘adverb of degree’ used to modify the meaning of given adjective or qualify adjective ‘Big’.

•To qualify verbs:-

•Our teacher never emphasised on rote learning.

In this case, ‘never’ is the ‘adverb of frequency’ and used to add orinformation or qualify verb–emphasised.

•To qualify adverbs:–

•He learns so quickly.

In this sentence, ‘so’ is the “adverb of degree”and used to modify even adverb — quickly.

•To qualify adjective:-

•Her learning capacity is so weak.

•Here, “adverb of degree” is ‘so’ used to qualify adjective– weak.

•To qualify preposition:-

•He is driving right in front of the garden.

Besides, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs, it also qualify or modify preposition. In this example, adverb ‘right’ which is the adverb of direction, is used to modify preposition –in front of.

•To qualify adjectives:–

•Swimming is too difficult for me. It is also the example of degree used to qualify adjective  — difficult.

•To qualify verbs:–

•My dog has lost just now. This example shows the adverb of time to qualify verb.

•Tom always helps needy and poor. In this sentence, ‘always’ is the adverb of frequency used to qualify verb–helps.

Apart from this, adverbs also qualify or modify  preposition ,a phrase or even any sentence. When we use adverb to qualify a sentence, it is separated by comma at the beginning of the given sentence.

•Unfortunately, global warming is still out of control.

•Surely, he will be defeated in this game.

•Undoubtedly, he would be the undisputed leader of the nation.

I will explain these types in detail in the next blog. As I mentioned earlier that this blog is all about the general outline of types of adverbs.

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