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English for kids

Adverbs

Adverbs help us describe, change or add more information about a verb in a sentence. Learn more about their characteristics and uses with lots of examples!

Every child has a favorite hobby! Whether it’s singing, playing with toys, running, or reading. But, what do all of these activities have in common? Well, for once, action verbs are used to talk about them!

Words are tricky, they can change and adapt according to the speaker’s needs. In English, words are classified into different categories. These categories can be varied, and usually, divide words by their uses in this language. Some of these categories are: verbs, adjectives, nouns or pronouns

All of these have their own place in an English sentence. However, there’s one type of words that are also essential for the English language: the adverb.

 

🙋 What is an adverb?

Adverbs are words used to change, describe, or add more information about a verb in a sentence. An adverb can also modify an adjective or even other adverbs, with the purpose of making the meaning of the sentence clearer.

There is a common characteristic that makes it easy to identify an adverb in a sentence, usually, they look like adjectives that end in -ly. Words like “quickly”, “happily” or “shortly” are adverbs. However, this rule doesn’t apply to all of these words, so sometimes identifying them in a sentence is not as easy.

Another way of doing this is by looking at their placement in the sentence, which can help when in doubt. Most times, adverbs are located immediately before or after the word they’re modifying. If there are still doubts about which one is the adverb, then it’s advisable to look for the words that are adding information or describing other words in the sentence.

Depending on the type of adverb that’s being used, they can tell a person how an action occurs, or where does it happen. It can also describe when the action happens, or even the frequency of this action.

 

 

🗂️ Types of Adverbs

Adverbs of manner

These are the words used to make descriptions of the manner or the way that something is done. This is excellent to bring more details in the description of an event.

Some of the most common adverbs of manners are:

Abruptly / Angrily / Badly / Carefully

Easily / Fast / Friendly / Gently

Happily / Hard / Heavily / Kindly

Loudly / Neatly / Nicely / Politely

Quickly / Quietly / Sadly / Secretly

Slowly / Softly / Suddenly / Well

 

👉  Examples of adverbs of manner: 

English for kids - brushing teeth - lingokids

I gently brush my teeth every morning… like Lisa!

It was Cowy’s birthday, so her dad secretly bought her a present.

In the library, everybody has to speak quietly.

They like their new cat, it has a friendly attitude.

Lisa and her friends are living happily.

 Billy couldn’t play. He was behaving angrily.

Baby Boy was reading carefully her new history book.

 

Adverbs of place

When a person needs to describe the place where an action or something related to the action occurred, they use an adverb of place. It usually expresses where something happens. These adverbs can refer to directions, distances, or relative position of an object.

Some of the most used adverbs of place are:

Above / Around / Backward/ Behind

Below / Between/ Down/ East

Everywhere/ Forward/ Here/ North

Far Away / There/ Nearby/ Outside

Miles Apart / South / Up / West

 

👉  Examples of adverbs of place: 

English for kids - school - Lingokids

Elliot studies here in this school.

The museum has a music store nearby.

She headed west where the library is.

Billy lives behind the mall.

Cowy is running around the track.

This is your book, I’ll put it here.

Baby Bot headed north to visit his mom.

 

Adverbs of time

As their name stated, the adverbs of time describe when things happen, for how long they happened, or even for how frequently an action happened. These adverbs are usually placed at the end of the sentence, but their position in the sentence can be switched if the person needs to emphasize something in particular.

The most common adverbs of time are:

Hourly / Daily / Nightly / Weekly

Monthly / Annually / Yearly / Before

Already / Now / Today / Tonight

Tomorrow / First / Next / Soon

Since / Yesterday / Yet / Finally

Previously / Late / Earlier / Later

Just / Recently / Eventually / Still

 

 

👉  Examples of adverbs of time:

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Elliot now runs in the morning.

Billy and Baby Bot will soon be traveling to the moon!.

I recently bought a few notebooks for my classes.

Then, it was time to cut the cake.

I will go to the beach tomorrow.

Lisa is still waiting for Cowy to arrive.

Let’s call Billy tonight.

 

 

Adverbs of degree

These adverbs are perfect to describe the intensity or degree of something, it could be an adjective, an action, or even another adverb. There are many, and they are very different, but some of the most used adverbs of degree are:

These are some of the most used adverbs of degree:

Absolutely / Almost / Barely / Very

Deeply / Enough / Extremely / Full

Hardly / Least / Less / Practically

Most / Much / Positively / Little

Quite / Rather / Simply /  Completely

So / Somewhat / Terribly / Too / Utterly

 

 

👉  Examples with adverbs of degree: 

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Billy is quite helpful around the house!.

Lisa has practically not been able to study.

She is so intelligent!.

I am somewhat preoccupied with my maths exam.

Elliot is very friendly.

Lisa has most of her friends in this neighborhood.

Baby Bot is practically out of college.

 

 

Adverbs of frequency

The main use of the adverbs of frequency is to describe how often an action occurs, or how many times has happened, to change the meaning of the sentence. Usually, these adverbs can also be seen as adverbs of degree, however, the use is not the same.

These are the most used adverbs of frequency:

Infrequently / Daily / Eventually / Frequently

Generally / Always / Occasionally / Often

Hardly Ever / Normally / Usually / Never

 

 

👉  Examples with adverbs of frequency: 

English for kids -Lisa happy - lingokids

Cowy is never angry, she’s very sweet!

Billy always goes to the market on Tuesday.

I will eventually visit you, Baby Bot!.

What are your daily tasks?

Lisa and Elliot are often swimming in the lake.

She usually travels by bus, but today she took the train.

Baby Bot occasionally watches TV series.

 

 

 

👭🏻 Adverbs and adjectives

These types of words share something in common: they are used to make descriptions and give a deeper meaning to a sentence. However, this word’s uses are not interchangeable. Adjectives are words used to modify or describe nouns and pronouns, for example, “I have a purple raincoat”, in this sentence “purple” is used as an adjective which describes the color of the raincoat, which is a noun.

Now, in the sentence “I normally wear my purple raincoat on weekends”, “purple” remains working as an adjective, while the word “normally” functions as an adverb that describes how often this person wears the purple raincoat, giving more meaning to the sentence.

 

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