Adverbs most commonly describe how, but below is a more comprehensive list of the most common types of adverbs.
|Type of Adverb
|Adverbs of manner (or how)
|Christine sang the song atrociously. No more karaoke for her!
|Adverbs of time
|Michelle did her homework yesterday, but she did the wrong assignment.
|Adverbs of place
|I met my friend at the coffee shop, and that’s where we saw the first signs of the outbreak.
|Adverbs of degree
|It’s too quiet in here.
|Adverbs of frequency
|Michael Jordan rarely misses a free throw, but Shaq frequently does.
|Adverbs of purpose
|I clean the litter box every day to keep the house from smelling.
And like adjectives, adverbs have a “royal order.” While you may already have an innate sense of this order, it can be helpful to review the rules.
The Royal Order of Adverbs
|in the pool
|to keep in shape.
|to get a newspaper.
|in his room
Adapted from Adverbs. (n.d.) Capital Community College Foundation. Retrieved from grammar.ccc.commnet.edu