Adverbs : The 5 basic types of adverb…

There is no require requirement in the UK primary school English curriculum for pupils to be able to recognise different types of adverb. They may be required to identify an adverb in situe and will certainly be expected to use adverbs in their own writing. However, for interest’s sake here is information relating to the five basic types of adverb.

The five basic types of adverbs in the English language are those of Manner, Time, Place, Frequency, and Degree. Below is a short explanation of the meaning of each, together with example sentences using each type of adverb.


Adverbs of Time
An adverb of time provides more information about when a verb takes place. Adverbs of time are usually placed at the beginning or end of a sentence. When it is of particular importance to express the moment something happened we’ll put it at the start of a sentence.

Examples of adverbs of time: never, lately, just, always, recently, during, yet, soon, sometimes, usually, so far…

So far, we haven’t managed to send a man to Mars.
We haven’t heard from my brother lately
recently moved house.

Adverbs of Place
Adverbs of place illustrate where the verb is happening. It’s usually placed after the main verb or object, or at the end of the sentence.


Examples of adverbs of place: here, there, nowhere, everywhere, out, in, above, below, inside, outside, into

We wentto the East coast, there were aggressive seagulls everywhere.
It was so hot in Barcelona that we popped into a tapas bar to get out of the heat
I can’t find my keys, they must be here somewhere.

Adverbs of Manner
Adverbs of manner provide more information about how a verb is done. Adverbs of manner are probably the most common of all adverbs. They’re easy to spot too. Most of them will end in –ly.

Examples of adverbs of manner: neatly, slowly, quickly, sadly, calmly, politely, loudly, kindly, lazily

The dog wagged his tail  furiously when my mum offered her a biscuit.
quietly slipped away from the party b
John and Mary happily on their way to the airport.

Adverbs of Degree
Adverbs of degree explain the level or intensity of a verb, adjective, or even another adverb.

Examples of adverbs of degree: almost, quite, nearly, too, enough, just, hardly, simply, so

Can my brother come to the football too?
When I had almost finished mt homework, the computer crashed.
Peter was so excited that he could not speak

Adverbs of Frequency
Adverbs of frequency explain how often the verb occurs. They’re often placed directly before the main verb of a sentence.

Examples of adverbs of frequency: never, always, rarely, sometimes, normally, seldom, usually, again

My boss rarely smiles.
Tom never takes his dog out in the rain.
They normally go to market on Saturday morning.