• English grammar
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  • 3 English articles [0/9]
  • 4 English pronouns [0/39]
  • 4.1 English personal pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.2 English impersonal pronouns (it, there, ...) [0/4]
  • 4.3 English object pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.4 English possessive pronouns [0/5]
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  • 4.6 English reciprocal pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.7 English demonstrative pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.8 English relative pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.9 English indefinite pronouns [0/5]
  • 4.10 English interrogative pronouns [0/4]
  • 5 English nouns [0/16]
  • 6 English adjectives [0/38]
  • 6.1 Adjectives of quality in English [0/4]
  • 6.2 Demonstrative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.3 Possessive adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.4 Quantity adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.5 Interrogative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.6 Numeral adjectives in English [0/8]
  • 6.7 Comparatives and superlatives [0/10]
  • 7 English adverbs [0/18]
  • 8 English prepositions [0/12]
  • 9 English verbs [0/122]
  • 9.1 Present tenses in English [0/29]
  • Fill in the correct present tense in English (Score -/-)
  • Exercise about all present tenses in English (Score -/-)
  • Mixed present tenses exercise in English (Score -/-)
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  • 9.1.1 Present simple tense in English [0/5]
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  • 9.1.3 Present simple vs present continuous in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.4 Present perfect tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.5 Present perfect continuous tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.6 Difference past simple and present perfect in English [0/4]
  • 9.2 Past tenses in English [0/20]
  • 9.3 Future tenses in English [0/21]
  • 9.4 Auxiliary verbs in English [0/9]
  • 9.5 Present participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.6 Past participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.7 Modal verbs in English [0/11]
  • 9.8 Phrasal verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.9 Regular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.10 Irregular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.11 Gerund (-ing form) in English [0/8]
  • 9.12 Infinitive verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.13 Imperative in English [0/2]
  • 9.14 Reported speech in English [0/2]
  • 9.15 Active and passive voice in English [0/2]
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  • English adverbs

    This chapter discusses the different English adverbs. These different adverbs differ in their meaning and usage. The different adverbs are described in the subchapters. 

    What are adverbs in the English language?

    Adverbs are used to explain in what way someone does something. Adverbs add information about the word they are connected to. The adverbs are able to modify verbs, adjectives, clauses, sentences and other adverbs.  

    Example:

    • She drives carefully.
    • He speaks slowly. 

    Adverbs are formed by: adjective + ly

    Use of adverbs in English

    Adverbs are used to give more information about other words, usually verbs. Giving us more information about how often, when, or where an action took place. 

    Use Example
    Modify verbs
    • The bus drove slowly.
    • He cycles fast
    Modify adjectives
    • She is very nice.
    • He looks absolutely amazing. 
    Modify other adverbs
    • She can sing very well. 
    • He talks too softly. 

    Forming adverbs from adjectives

    The adjectives are turned into an adverb when adding '-ly'.

    Rule: adjective + ly

    enlightenedKeep in mind:

    • When the adjective ends in '-y', '-ily' will be added to the adjective.
    • When the adjective ends in '-able', '-ible', '-le', the '-e' will be replaced by '-y'.
    • When the adjective ends in '-ic', '-ally' will be added.
    Rule Adjective Adverb
    Normal adjectives
    • cheap
    • slow
    • cheaply
    • slowly
    Adjective ends in '-y'
    • happy
    • angry
    • happily
    • angrily
    Adjective ends in '-able', '-ible', '-le'
    • probable
    • horrible
    • probably
    • horribly
    Adjective ends in '-ic'
    • basic
    • economic
    • basically
    • economically

    List of irregular adverbs

    Most adverbs are formed by adding '-ly' to an adjective. However, there are some exceptions, which are shown in the table below. 

    Adjective Adverb
    good well
    fast fast
    hard hard
    late late
    early early
    daily daily
    straight straight
    wrong wrong, or wrongly

    Types of adverbs in English

    The table below shows the different types of adverbs. 

    Adverb Position in the sentence Example
    Place Placed at the end of the sentence.  The child played outside
    Manner Placed after the verb. He sings well
    Degree Placed before the adjective or adverb. The presentation was quite interesting.
    Frequency Placed before the verb, but after the verb 'to be'. He is always on time. 
    Time Placed at the end of the sentence and after place.  She was late today
    Certainty and probability Placed depending on the sentence.  He will definitely come tonight. 
    Opinion and observation Placed at the beginning of the sentence.  Obviously, she will come to the party tonight. 
    Quantity Placed before the adjective or adverb. There are many students absent today. 

    Order of adverbs in English

    When there are multiple adverbs in a sentence, there is an order for the adverbs:

    1. Adverbs of manner
    2. Adverbs of place
    3. Adverbs of frequency
    4. Adverbs of time

    enlightenedThe other adverbs will be placed depending on the nouns in the sentence or the type of sentence that is formulated. 

    Train your skills by doing the exercises!

    Next lessons

    1 Position of adverbs in English Study the position of the different English adverbs.
    2 Adverbs of manner in English Learn all about the adverbs of manner.
    3 Adverbs of place in English Study the adverbs of place in English with this overview of the grammar.
    4 Adverbs of time in English Study the adverbs of time in English with this overview of the grammar.
    5 Adverbs of quantity in English Learn about the adverbs of quantity in English.
    6 Adverbs of frequency in English Learn all about the adverbs of frequency in English.
    7 Adverbs of degree in English Study the adverbs of degree in English with this overview of the grammar.
    8 Adverbs of probability and certainty in English Learn about the adverbs of probability and certainty in English.
    9 Adverbs of opinion and observation in English Study the adverbs of opinion and observation with this overview of the grammar.