6 Types of Adverbs in English, Definitions & Examples List

In this lesson we will learn what are adverbs and what are the different types of adverbs in English grammar. It is very essential for an ESL student to learn adverbs and other parts of speech. Whenever we learn parts of speech it gives us the complete understanding of English language. Parts of speech includes noun, pronoun, conjunction, adverbs, interjections, adjectives, verbs, and prepositions. Some authors consider ‘articles’ as the ninth parts of speech.

Noun is the name of a person place or a thing, similarly the pronouns are the words that we use in place of a noun. Adverbs are the words that modify adjectives, verbs, and sometimes other adverbs. Interjection are very important and they express the mood. We use interjections to express the mood. Conjunctions are basically the linking words in English. In todays lesson we are going to study adverbs in detail with their 6 most common types and examples.

What is an Adverb?

An adverb is a word that supplies information about how, when, where, why, and to what extent. Adverbs can adjust adverbs, verbs, adjectives, and clauses. Other than any further part of speech, adverbs are fluid in positions of their situation in a sentence.


  1. She had a surprisingly high score
  2. He comes relatively often.
  3. He behaved abominably.
  4. Slowly, I approached the child.

Types of Adverbs in Grammar

1. Adverbs of Manner

Manner adverbs give more facts about the method in which an occasion or action takes place. Adverbs of manner are often formed from adjectives by the addition of -ly.


  1. He nodded and smiled warmly.
  2. The Man pushes her into the room quickly.
  3. He acted very clumsily.
  4. He got a letter from England; it was heavily censored.

Here is the list of adverbs of manner in english:

Positive Manner

Positive adverbs of manner are those adverbs that gives a positive manner. We use these adverbs in positive situations.

Bravely Equally Openly
Rapidly Boldly Obediently
Beautifully Frankly Politely
Faithfully Perfectly Gladly
Cheerfully Quickly Easily
Gently Cautiously Well
Calmly Elegantly Eagerly
Justly Honestly Kindly
Generously Joyously Powerfully
Carefully Promptly Neatly
Quietly Patiently

Negative Manner

Negative adverbs of manner are those adverbs that gives a negative manner. We use these adverbs in the situations of negations.

Shyly Greedily Sadly
Violently Recklessly Roughly
Tensely Lazily Noisily
Cruelly Nervously Loudly
Madly Anxiously Hastily
Angrily Foolishly Badly
Frantically Blindly Selfishly
Stupidly Hungrily Poorly
Inadequately Painfully Rudely
Awkwardly Irritably
Suspiciously Carelessly

Positive/Negative Manner

Positive and negative adverbs of manner are those adverbs that gives a positive as well as negative manner. We use these adverbs in positive as well as negative situations.

Lazily Recklessly Loudly
Roughly Shyly Cruelly
Frantically Nervously Madly
Hungrily Anxiously Irritably
Noisily Tensely Inadequately
Painfully Greedily Blindly
Rudely Poorly Suspiciously
Stupidly Sadly Hastily
Badly Violently
Awkwardly Foolishly
Carelessly Selfishly Angrily

2. Adverbs of Degree

Degree adverbs are the most specific types of modifiers of the adjectives and other adverbs. Adverbs of degree classify degrees of states, properties, states, conditions. (Absolutely, quite, too, fairly, rather, etc.) are the words included in adverbs of degree.


  1. It all happened pretty quickly.
  2. The team, however, was extremely happy.
  3. Mary will be staying a bit longer.
  4. Both her hands clawed instinctively for my eyes and she almost reached them too.

Here is the list of adverbs of degree in English:

how incredibly indeed
most much nearly
badly barely completely
very virtually well
rather really scarcely
greatly hardly highly
less little lots
perfectly positively practically
enormously entirely extremely
simply so somewhat
decidedly deeply enough
intensely just least
fairly far fully
almost absolutely awfully
too totally utterly
pretty purely quite
strongly terribly thoroughly

3. Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place tell us about the place of something happening/ where is happening.


  1. Somebody was standing nearby.
  2. The package was lying by the front door.
  3. Is that your scarf there?
  4. You go upstairs and do your homework.

Some adverbs of place are listed below:

near nearby off
under up upstairs
anywhere away back
in indoors inside
over there towards
where downstairs east
down behind below
backwards out outside
on far here
elsewhere above
about abroad

4. Adverbs of Focus

Adverbs of focus are also very specific and common types of the adjective’s modifiers and other adverbs. They are pointed to something. (Mainly, just, largely, simply, only)


  1. I just wanted to ask him that what he has thought.
  2. Just before five, she dialed the number.
  3. I would not particularly like to move to a modern house.
  4. He had told her of his only mediocre degree.

Most general adverbs of focus are listed below:

chiefly, especially Generally
largely mainly mostly
notably particularly
simply primarily

5. Adverbs of Time

Adverb of time tells us about the happening time of something. Words like (already, still, early, tomorrow, now, soon, finally, recently, today, lately, etc.) are included in time adverbs.


  1. Have you seen Laurie today?
  2. Then in April Chatters died.
  3. Five years later a rocket fell out of the sky.
  4. In the past, only a fraction of the babies born grew up.

Below are some common adverbs of time:

already regularly regularly yet
yesterday yearly weekly usually
tonight tomorrow today then
still soon sometimes since
seldom recently rarely quarterly
previously often occasionally now
normally nightly next never
monthly later lately late
last just infrequently hourly
generally frequently fortnightly formerly
first finally ever eventually
early earlier daily constantly
before annually always

6. Linking Adverbs

The linking adverbs show a relation among the two sentences or clauses (e.g. a time sequence, effect and cause, the difference between two things):


  1. I left the station in the morning then I went to pick up Ali at his house.
  2. We talked until the evening and consequently, I overslept the next morning.
  3. The sun will be shining in France. However, heavy rain is expected in Turkey.
  4. The horror of it has always eluded me. However, it’s my only wish that she will get married to someone hard-working.

Below are some general linking adverbs in English:

anyway also accordingly undoubtedly
further finally consequently certainly
besides thus therefore thereafter
then still similarly otherwise
now nonetheless next nevertheless
namely moreover meanwhile likewise
instead indeed incidentally
hence furthermore however