50 Examples of Adverbs in English

The adverbs in English are the words or sets of words that modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs.

In English, adverbs can be:

  • Of time : they answer the question. when? In other words, they indicate when the action takes place. Examples: Again, now, last night, previously, before, soon, on time, just, late, late, early (early),
  • Of place : they answer the question where? Examples: here, inside, ouside, there, around, up, close, under, next to.
  • So : they answer the question how? In other words, they express the way in which an action is carried out. Examples: on purpose, well, fast, aloud. Furthermore, mode adverbs can be formed by adding the ending “ly” to certain adjectives: easily (easily), consciously (consciously), poorly (insufficiently), etc.
  • Of frequency : they indicate how often or how often an action is carried out. always (always), frequently (frequently) never (never) sometimes (some times)
  • Of quantity : they answer the question how much? Examples: much (much), little (little), very (very), enough (enough).
  • Assertion : even, certainly, indeed, evidently,
  • Negation : no (no), never (never), not at all (at all).
  • Probability: maybe, perhaps, possibly, probably, surely.
  • Ordinals : those that occupy the order in which things happen. Firstly (first), secondly (second), etc.
  • Interrogatives : they are used to formulate questions. When? (When?) Where? (Where?) Why? (Why?) How? (How?)
  • Relative : they are interrogative adverbs but not used to form a question but to indicate a relationship of time (when) or place (where)

Examples of adverbs in English

Examples of sentences in which the adverb modifies the verb

  1. He started the job when the boss told him to. / He started the job when the boss told him to.
  2. This is the university where I studied. / This is the university where I studied.
  3. The math teacher explains things too fast . / The math teacher explains things too quickly.
  4. My brother jumps very high. My brother jumps very high .
  5. A ghost suddenly appeared. / A fanstasma suddenly appeared .
  6. They walked close to each other. / They walked close to each other.
  7. How is your grandmother? / How was your grandmother?
  8. Look for the keys inside the drawer. / Find the keys inside the drawer.
  9. I always sit behind . / I always sit behind .
  10. Clearly I want to continue the game / Clearly I want to continue the game.
  11. Where is Mr. Smith’s office? / Where is Mr. Smith’s office?
  12. They rarely improve their products./ They rarely improve their products.
  13. They rushed too much to make a decision. / They were too rushed to make a decision.
  14. Maybe he’ll eat. / Maybe
  15. Why did you stop the music? / Why did you stop the music?
  16. The dog walks by his master. / The dog walks with his master.
  17. The board meets / The board meets regularly .
  18. I do not want to talk to you. / I do n’t want to talk to you.
  19. I have started the fight on purpose. / He started the fight on purpose .
  20. When did you last see him? / When did you last see him ?
  21. He cleaned the kitchen after he finished cooking. / He cleaned the kitchen after he finished cooking.
  22. I will finish soon . / I will finish
  23. I think I broke it / I think I broke it again .
  24. I workout daily . / I exercise every day .
  25. In this darkness, I can barely / In this darkness, I can hardly see.
  26. That’s exactly what I was talking about. / That’s exactly what I was talking about.
  27. I know he works hard . / I know you work hard .
  28. Please, leave your bags / Please, leave your bags here.
  29. I can’t answer the phone now . / I can’t answer the phone right now .
  30. Please, close the door slowly . / Please close the door slowly .
  31. I haven’t seen him lately . / I haven’t seen it recently .
  32. I have sat comfortably . / He sat down comfortably .
  33. I left the box where you told me. / I left the box where you told me to.
  34. The doctor will see you / The doctor will see you below .
  35. Stir the preparation carefully . / Mix the preparation carefully .
  36. finally broke my record. / I finally beat my record.

Examples of sentences in which the adverb modifies an adjective

  1. The apartment is completely / The apartment is completely clean.
  2. His words are clearly / His words are clearly false.
  3. Your friends is very / Your friend is very nice.
  4. This movie is too / This movie is too long.
  5. This story is more / This story is more interesting.
  6. Her clothes were so / His clothes were so Beautiful.
  7. That man is extremely / That man is extremely foolish.
  8. The swimmer is very / The swimmer is very fast.
  9. John is much taller than his brother. / John is much taller than his brother.

Examples of sentences in which the adverb modifies another adverb

  1. We are normally / We are normally here.
  2. They seem permanently / They seem permanently happy.
  3. He touched the dog very / He touched the dog very gently.
  4. He was a little / It was a bit rushed.
  5. We can get there much faster by train. / We can get there much faster by train.


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