Definition of Adverb

Adverb is one of the eight parts of speech which gives more information about a verb, an adjective, a clause, another adverb that is,  adverbs  are describing words.

Some examples are given here to know you better about –

  • Adverbs describing verbs
  • The words- Adverbs describing adjectives
  • Adverbs describing adverbs

Examples of adverb describing verbs in sentences

Some adverbs give more information about verbs used in the sentences.

These verb qualifying adverbs answer to:

  • how- quickly, easily, proudly, alone 
  • where- up, below, nearby, here, there  
  • when- immediately, soon later, after, now, often

Look at some examples of adverbs in the following sentences which describe verbs.

  • Algebraic sums are solved very easily. ( ‘very easily’ qualifies the verb ‘solved’)
  • She answered the question quickly. ( ‘quickly’ qualifies the verb ‘answered’)
  • He threw a ball very fast. ( ‘very fast’ qualifies the verb ‘threw’)
  • She thinks highly of that matter. ( ‘highly’ qualifies the verb ‘thinks’)
  • It passed very fast. ( ‘very fast’ qualifies the verb ‘passed’)
  • She really loves you. ( ‘really’ qualifies the verb ‘loves’)
  • Sachin actually cried. ( ‘actually’ qualifies the verb ‘cried’)

Examples of adverbs describing adjectives in sentences

Adverbs describe adjectives used in sentences that is they give more information about adjectives.

These adverbs tell about how often or how.

Common adverbs which qualify adjectives are: quite, extremely, really, hardly, very, too

Look at the examples given below-

  • She is very beautiful. ( ‘very’ qualifies the adjective ‘beautiful’)
  • That is really nice. ( ‘really’ qualifies the adjective ‘nice’)
  • I am extremely sorry. ( ‘extremely’ qualifies the adjective ‘sorry’)
  • The garden is awfully large. ( ‘awfully’ qualifies the adjective ‘large’)
  • My mother is quite happy with this. ( ‘quite’ qualifies the adjective ‘happy’)
  • Always she is calm. ( ‘always’ qualifies the adjective ‘calm’)
  • November is really a cool month. ( ‘really’ qualifies the adjective ‘cool’)
  • He purchased an extremely large mansion. ( ‘extremely’ qualifies the adjective ‘large’)
  • The film is quite short. ( ‘quite’ qualifies the adjective ‘short’)
  • The chairman has a very big residence. ( ‘very’ qualifies the adjective ‘big’)
  • My sister-in-law became very popular doctor. ( ‘very’ qualifies the adjective ‘popular’)

Examples of adverbs describing adverbs in sentences

Adverbs describe adverbs that is they give more information about  adverbs that is already used in the sentence.

Common adverbs which qualify adverbs are: quite, too really, very, rather.

Here are some adverbs qualifying adverbs used in following examples-

  • He drove a car very slowly. ( ‘very’ qualifies the adverb ‘slowly’)
  • They arranged books closely together. ( ‘closely’ qualifies the adverb ‘together’)
  • The aeroplane took off quite quickly. ( ‘quite’ qualifies the adverb ‘quickly’)
  • She too often meets me. ( ‘too’ qualifies the adverb ‘often’)
  • The picture was very cleverly hung. ( ‘very’ qualifies the adverb ‘cleverly’)
  • They planned so secretly. ( ‘so’ qualifies the adverb ‘secretly’)
  • The function is really nicely planned. ( ‘really’ qualifies the adverb ‘nicely’)
  • Savita speaks very modestly. ( ‘very’ qualifies the adverb ‘modestly’)
  • They shouted at each other rather loudly. ( ‘rather’ qualifies the adverb ‘loudly’)
  • She met me somewhat eagerly. ( ‘somewhat’ qualifies the adverb ‘eagerly’)


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