Adverbs most commonly describe how, but below is a more comprehensive list of the most common types of adverbs.
|Type of Adverb||Example|
|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
|Beth swims||enthusiastically||in the pool||every evening||before dusk||to keep in shape.|
|Dad walks||impatiently||into town||every morning||before work||to get a newspaper.|
|Joe naps||in his room||every afternoon||after lunch.|
Adapted from Adverbs. (n.d.) Capital Community College Foundation. Retrieved from grammar.ccc.commnet.edu