What is an Adverb?

An adverb is a word used to modify a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. For example:

  • He swims quickly.
    (Here, the adverb quickly modifies the verb swims.)
  • He is an extremely quick swimmer.
    (Here, the adverb extremely modifies the adjective quick.)
  • He swims extremely quickly.
    (Here, the adverb extremely modifies the adverb quickly.)

-John is laughing.
-John is laughing loudly.

When an adverb modifies a verb, it generally tells us how, where, where, how much, and how often the action is performed. Here are some examples of verb-modifying adverbs:

  • How: She ran quickly.
  • When: She ran yesterday.
  • Where: She ran here.
  • How often: She ran daily.
  • How much: She ran fastest.

An adverb modifying an adjective

-They were joyously happy.
-The duration of the class is exceedingly long.
-The joke was truly funny.
-This car is extremely nice.
-We saw a badly damaged car on the road.
-The music was really interesting.

An adverb modifying another adverb

-They were laughing too loudly.
-They started their married life very happily.
-My sister drives her car very carelessly.
-He responded too quickly.
-She walked fast enough to reach the class on time.
-He painted the wall pretty beautifully.

See Also
Simple Future Tense
Past Simple Tense