Types of Adverbs for intermediate learners

Adverbs give us a description of a verb in a sentence. There are five basic types of adverbs in the English language.

"Types of Adverbs" in English Grammar

What Are Adverbs?

Adverbs are structures that modify verbs, adjectives, phrases, and other adverbs. We have different types of adverbs and they are used in various contexts. Below is a list of all kinds of adverbs in English:

Now, let us examine some of the most common and useful adverbs below:

Adverbs of Time

In order to specify the time in a statement, we mainly use the adverbs of time. Study the following examples carefully:

I've got too much on my hands right now.

Here, the sentence is referring to a specific time.

She will be gone for a month.


It is useful to know that mainly we put the adverbs of time at the end of the statements.

Adverbs of Manner

When we want to talk about 'how' things happen, we use adverbs of manner. Let us take a look at the following examples:

Pour the boiling water in the bowl carefully.

Richard plays the electric guitar artistically.

Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place tell us where actions take place. Some call them spatial adverbs. Let us examine some examples below:


Please note that adverbs of place refer to the location of the action that took place. However, adverbs of movement and direction modify verbs that show a movement or are giving directions. Compare the following examples:

I'm going to take a walk outside.

As you can see, the adverb is showing a movement.

I live near Lake Michigan.

Here, the adverb is showing the location.

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency are another kind of adverbs that native speakers frequently use. This group refers to 'how often' action takes place. Let us take a look at some examples below:

Sarah sometimes eats fast food.

They are never honest with us.


It is useful to know that we can place adverbs of frequency either before the main verb, after the 'to be' verb, or after the auxiliary verb in statements.

Adverbs of Probability

Adverbs of probability are mainly used to show the possibility of an event taking place. In other words, it refers to how likely something will or will not happen. Take a look at the following examples:

It will probably rain tonight.

Perhaps we could invite Angie and her friends to the party.


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Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place help us express where the verb is taking place. Using them will help us be more accurate about locations.

Adverbs of Time

'Adverbs of time' give you some information about the time something happened. Using them will help us add details about time to our sentences.

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency show us how often an action takes place. We use them commonly in daily English so, it is essential to learn them. Read here.

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