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. There are different types of adverbs in English which are classified based on their function and meaning.

Below is a list of different types of adverbs in English:

Now, let us discuss some of the most common types of adverbs.

Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time are primarily used to specify the time when an action or event occurs in a statement. Study the following examples carefully:

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

Here, the sentence is referring to a specific time.

She will be gone for a month.


It is useful to know that adverbs of time are usually placed at the end of the sentence.

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of manner are used to talk about how things happen. Let us take a look at some 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. They are also called spatial adverbs. Let us examine some examples below:

She put the book on the shelf.

She sat outside, enjoying the view.

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency refer to how often an action takes place. Let us take a look at some examples below:

Sarah sometimes eats fast food.

They are never honest with us.


We can place adverbs of frequency either before the main verb, after the 'to be' verb, or after the auxiliary verb in a sentence.

Adverbs of Probability

Adverbs of probability are mainly used to indicate the possibility of an event taking place. They express how probable or improbable something is, or how certain or uncertain the speaker is about it. 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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