Adverbs with Examples

Adverbs can mislead many English learners. It is challenging to learn because adverbs and adjectives can be confusing. In this article, we try to clear this confusion.

Adverbs with Examples

What is an Adverb?

Adverbs are words that change or modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs, mostly they answer questions of time (when), place (where), manner (how), or quality (how much).

Let’s look at some examples of adverbs:

How to form an Adverb?

Generally, adverbs are formed by adding -ly to an adjective, as in; quickly and beautifully. However, words without -ly can be adverbs. For example, well is an adverb.

Some words end with -ly but sill they are not considered adverbs. For example, costly, deadly, and neighborly, these three words are all adjectives.

Some words may have the same form for both adjectives and adverbs. Such as fast, hard, and early.

Occasionally, an adjective can generate two adverb forms with different meanings. For example, the adjective right can be used as an adverb in:

Adverbs can have comparative and superlative forms. Generally, these forms use words like more and most. Let’s take a look at these examples:

List of common adverbs

Abnormally Diligently Hopelessly Accidentally Doubtfully
Hungrily Deliberately Highly Mysteriously Delightfully
Honestly Naturally Nearly Rightfully Ultimately
Nervously Roughly Unaccountably Never Rudely
Unbearably Nicely Safely Noisily Scarcely
Unexpectedly Unfortunately Obediently Searchingly Oddly
Seemingly Unnecessarily Offensively Seldomly Officially
Seriously Actually Enormously Intensely Equally
Interestingly Awkwardly Eventually Exactly Closely