Important Notes of Adverb for IB ACIO and SSC CGL, CHSL, and other Exams

By PARUL RISHI|Updated : August 3rd, 2022

Here are some very Important Study Notes on Adverbs and its Usage which will help you improve your English. These notes will help you know the usage & different types of verb. 
An adverb is a word that modifies (describes) a verb (he sings loudly), an adjective (very tall), another adverb (ended too quickly), or even a whole sentence (Fortunately, I had brought an umbrella). Adverbs often end in -ly, but some (such as fast) look exactly the same as their adjective counterparts.

An adverb adds more to the meaning of a verb, an adjective or another adverb.

  • I called you last night. (called = verb; last night = adverb)
  • Your dress is very beautiful. (beautiful = adjective; very = adverb)
  • The rain stopped quite suddenly. (suddenly = adverb; quite = adverb)

Types of Adverbs:

Adverb of Time – This shows when an action or something is done or happens. It answers the question “When?”
It is either placed at the beginning or at the end of a sentence.

  • I phoned you yesterday.
  • I saw her walking along the river last week.

Adverb of Place – This shows where an action or something is done or happens. It answers the question “Where?”

It is placed after the verb.

  • I live here.
  • He fell down.

Adverb of Manner – This shows how an action or something is done. It answers the question “How?”
It is usually placed just after the verb.

  • She sleeps soundly.
  • He drives quickly.

Adverb of Degree or Quantity – This answers the questions, “To what degree?” or “How much?”

It is usually placed before the adjective and the adverb.

  • It is too dark for us to see anything.
  • Last night it rained very heavily.

Adverb of Frequency – This answers the question “How often?”

  • He will never have finished in time.
  • We always go to school by bus.

Affirmative Adverb (yes) and Adverb of negation (No)
Example: yes, surely, certainly, indeed, by all means, no, not at all, by no means.

Interrogative Adverb (Question)
Example: When? Where? How? Why? How much/often?

Relative Adverb: when, where, how, why
These words are the same in form as Interrogative Adverbs, but they are not questions.

  • The time when he arrived.
  • The scene where the accident occurred.
  • He knows how to do it.
  • The reason why he left.

Comparison of Adverbs:

Similar to the comparison of adjectives, adverbs have three degrees of comparison – the Positive, the Comparative and the Superlative. Most adverbs which end in ‘-ly’ form the Comparative with ‘more’ and the Superlative with ‘most’.

Notes on Adverb and its Usage

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