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Adverbs: Explanation and Its Types

Grade 7
Aug 29, 2022


Adverbs are one of the four main parts of speech, along with nouns, adjectives, and verbs. Adverb is defined as a word that gives information about an action or idea. Adverbs modify different parts of speech, but they mostly modify verbs. 

There are five main kinds of adverbs, each answering a different question. They include: 

  • Adverbs of manner (how something happens) – angrily, hungrily, beautifully.
  • Adverbs of time (when something happen) – yesterday, tomorrow, next week. 
  • Adverbs of place (where something happens) – here, there, nowhere. 
  • Adverbs of degree (how much does/intensity of which something happen) – almost, so, very. 
  • Adverbs of frequency (how often something happens) – always, never, often.  

Adverbs could be found in three different places in a sentence or clause, depending on which type of adverb they are. Adverb positions include: 

Initial position e.g., Luckily, we were too late. 

Middle position e.g., We were luckily too late. 


End position e.g., We were too late, luckily. 

Most adverbs are in the end position of a phrase, clause or sentence, as they follow the words that they modify. 



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