English Grammar Tutorials

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  • Chapter 5. Adverb (Cont'd...)


    5.2 Classification of adverbs

    Adverbs can qualify other parts of speech, even itself, except noun and pronoun in various ways. According to their function they are classified into (i) adverbs of manner, (ii) adverbs of place, (iii) adverbs of time, (iv) adverbs of frequency (v) adverbs of sentence, (vi) adverbs of degree, (vii) interrogative adverbs, (viii) relative adverbs, (ix) adverbs of number and order.

    1. Adverbs of manner express the way of action. It is the answer of the question, how, to the verb. As for example:
      The lame man is walking unsteadily.
      He acted bravely.
      Some adverbs of manner are slowly, hard, well, thus, straight, bravely, fast, happily, cheerfully, quickly, well, etc.
    2. Adverbs of time express when an action takes place
      He will go there now.
      Early to rise early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
      He never tells a lie.
      I shall reach soon.
      Now, soon, then, today, tomorrow, yesterday, after, ago, before, already, yet, early, ever, since, daily, immediately, instantly, lately, now, presently, recently, formerly, soon, then, again, already, etc. are few examples of adverb of time.
    3. Adverbs of frequency express the span/ period of time/ or how often.
      I warned him frequently.
      I saw him once.
      Always speak the truth.
      Some adverbs of frequency are: often, twice, occasionally, always, never, seldom, etc.

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