What are the different kinds of adverbs?

There are various types of adverbs. Few of them are explained here:

Relative adverbs introduce a relative clause.

Read the given sentence:

This is the house where he was born.

In this sentence, ' where ' becomes the relative adverb, which refers back to its antecedent ' house '.

Interrogative adverbs are those adverbs which are used to ask questions.

For instance,

  • Where is Shikhar? [Interrogative adverb of place]
  • How high is the mountain? [Interrogative adverb of degree]
  • Why did you lie? [Interrogative adverb of reason]
  • When will you reach? [Interrogative adverb of time]
  • How did you manage to run? [Interrogative adverb of manner]
  • How many apples do you have? [Interrogative adverb of number]


Adverb of time is used to show 'when' while adverb of frequency is used to show 'how often.'

Instances explaining the usage of the same are:

Adverb of time:

  • I have heard this before

  • I have invited him already.

Adverb of frequency:

  • I have warned you twice

  • He seldom talks to me.

Adverb of manner is used to show how something happens.

Instances of the same are:

  • She spoke softly
  • He ate greedily

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Kinds of Adverbs
Here you can see the basic kinds of adverbs.
Adverbs of Manner
Adverbs of Manner tell us the manner or way in which something happens. They answer the question "how?". Adverbs of Manner mainly modify verbs.
He speaks slowly. (How does he speak?)
They helped us cheerfully. (How did they help us?)
James Bond drives his cars fast. (How does James Bond drive his cars?)
We normally use Adverbs of Manner with dynamic (action) verbs, not with stative or state verbs.
He ran fast. She came quickly. They worked happily.
She looked beautifully. It seems strangely. They are happily.
Adverbs of Place
Adverbs of Place tell us the place where something happens. They answer the question "where?". Adverbs of Place mainly modify verbs.
Please sit here. (Where should I sit?)
They looked everywhere. (Where did they look?)
Two cars were parked outside. (Where were two cars parked?)
Adverbs of Time
Adverbs of Time tell us something about the time that something happens. Adverbs of Time mainly modify verbs.
They can answer the question "when?":
He came yesterday. (When did he come?)
I want it now. (When do I want it?)
Or they can answer the question "how often?":
They deliver the newspaper daily. (How often do they deliver the newspaper?)
We sometimes watch a movie. (How often do we watch a movie?)
Adverbs of Degree
Adverbs of Degree tell us the degree or extent to which something happens. They answer the question "how much?" or "to what degree?". Adverbs of Degree can modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs.
She entirely agrees with him. (How much does she agree with him?)
Mary is very beautiful. (To what degree is Mary beautiful? How beautiful is Mary?)
He drove quite dangerously. (To what degree did he drive dangerously? How dangerously did he drive?)
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