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Adverbs

Adverbs are words used to add meaning to a verb, an adjective, or any other adverb.

For example- Sumit reads cleverly.

In the above sentence, since the word, cleverly defines the verb, read- it is an adverb.

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Types of Adverbs

Time

Adverbs of time tell us about the time when the action/verb takes place. Adverbs of time mainly modify verbs. The verbs in the sentence can answer the question of when in such cases.

For example: He came yesterday.

The above example answers the question of when as yesterday. Hence, in the given sentence, yesterday can be taken as the adverb of time.

Place

Adverbs of place tell us the place where something happens. The verb in the sentence can answer the question of ‘where’. These are also known to modify verbs.

For example: Please sit here.

The above example answers the question of where as here. Hence, in the given sentence, ‘here’ can be taken as the adverb of place.

Manner

Adverbs of manner tell us the manner or way in which something is done. The verbs in the sentence answer the question of how. These are known to modify verbs.

For example: He speaks slowly.

The above example answers the question of how as slowly. Hence, in the given sentence, ‘slowly’ can be taken as the adverb of manner.

Degree

Adverbs of degree tell us the degree or extent to which something is done. They answer the question of how much or to what degree. These can modify verbsadjectives, and other adverbs.

For example: She entirely agrees with him.

The above example answers the question of how much as entirely. Hence, in the given sentence, ‘entirely’ can be taken as the adverb of degree.

Frequency

Adverbs of frequency tell us how often something happens. These phrases explain how often something happens.

For example: she always tries to do her best.

One must note that in order to understand the usage of adverbs completely, one must also learn what verbs are and how they can be used.

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