What is an Adverb? Adverb Definition

An adverb is a phrase used so as to add one thing to the which means of a verb, adjective or one other adverb. It is claimed to change verb, Adjectives, and adverbs.

Adverb Examples

  1. She is strolling slowly.
  2. She may be very clever.
  3. She is strolling very slowly.

Kinds of Adverb [ Adverb Types ]

  1. Adverb of time Before, Ago, Lately, Yet, Now, Soon, Yesterday, Already, Never.
  2. Adverb of frequency Always, Once, Seldom, Usually, Rarely, and so on.
  3. Adverbs of place Here, Everywhere, Down Near, Away, Backward, Upward.
  4. Adverb of affirmation and negation  Certainly, Apparently, Obviously, No, Undoubtedly.
  5. Adverb of method Slowly, So, Soundly, Delightfully.
  6. Adverb of diploma Almost, Fully, Very, Enough, Rather, Quite, Too, Really.
  7. Interrogative adverb How, What, When, Why.
  8. Relative adverb When, Where, Why, How.

Relative adverbs are used to make an adjective clause.

He was born within 12 months once I left India. (‘In which/on which’)

He does  not like to remain on the lodge the place they’re staying.  (‘In which/at which’) 

Don’t you understand the explanation of why she didn’t marry?  (‘For which’)

You are presupposed to know the way how they cheated you.  (‘In which/by which’)

Rules of Adverb

Let’s see all the Adverb rules.

Rule I Adverb Definition

Adjective qualifies a noun and a pronoun whereas adverb modifies a verb, an adjective, and an adverb.

Adverb Examples

  1. Her act was exceptional.  (Correct)
  2. She acted remarkably to realize success.   (Correct)
  3. She ran faster than I. (Say ‘more quickly’ for ‘quicker’)
  4. She is a really skillful dancer.  (Correct)
  5. She dances verb skilfully. (Correct)

Rule II Adverb Definition

Adverb of time akin to

‘Always, Often, Already, Just, Never, Ever, Sometimes, Frequently, Generally, Recently, Usually, Seldom, Hardly’, Rarely, Normally, and so on are usually positioned earlier than the verb they modify.

Adverb Examples

  1. My brother comes typically each Sunday.   (place ‘often’ earlier than ‘come’)
  2. He goes often to the film each Friday.  (place ‘usually’ earlier than ‘goes’)
  3. He by no means talks in poor health of mates.   (Correct)
  4. He soundly slept the final night time. (Place ‘soundly’ after ‘slept’)

Rule III Adverb Definition

Adverbs of manners is positioned solely after the Intransitive verb. However, the adverb may be positioned both earlier than or after the transitive verb.

Adverb Examples

  1. He returned instantly.   (Correct)
  2. He briefly narrated the incident to me. (Correct)
  3. He narrated to me the incident briefly.  (Correct)
  4. He soundly slept the final night time.  (Place ‘soundly’ after ‘slept’)

Rule IV Adverb Definition

If the sentences are launched by an adverb, an Inverted type of the verb is used for the sake of emphasis.

Adverb Examples

  1. Seldom he visits his dad and mom.    (Incorrect)
  2. Seldom does he go to his dad and mom?   (Correct)
  3. He seldom visits his dad and mom.   (Correct)
  4. Not seldom does he go to his dad and mom?   (Correct)
  5. Never I’ ll see her once more.   (Incorrect)
  6. Never will I see her once more.    (Correct)
  7. I’ ll by no means see her once more.    (Correct)
  8. She no sooner reached the station than she met her good friend. (Correct)
  9. No sooner did she attain the station than she met her good friend.   (Correct)
  10. She had hardly reached the station when the practice arrived.   (Correct)
  11. Hardly/scarcely had she reached the station when the practice arrived.  (Correct)
  12. So shortly she ran that she overtook her rivals.  (Use ‘so quickly did she run’)

Rule V Adverb Definition

Use of Else and Other 

‘Else’ ought to be adopted by ‘but’.

‘Other’ and ‘Otherwise’ is adopted by ‘then’.

For instance

  1. It is nothing else than sheer insanity.  (Use ‘but’ rather than ‘than’)
  2. She had no different however keep right here.   (Use ‘then’ rather than ‘but’)
  3. She has nobody else to take care of her beside me.  (Use ‘but’ rather than ‘except’)

Rule VI Adverb Definition

Both ‘never’ and ‘not’ are adverb. The use of ‘never’ for ‘not’ is inaccurate.

Adverb Examples

  1. I by no means need to Ooty final 12 months.    (Use ‘did not’ go rather than ‘never’)
  2. I by no means bear in mind to have mentioned so.   (Use ‘do not’ rather than ‘never’)
  3. I bear in mind by no means to have mentioned so.      (Correct) 


 I don’t bear in mind to have mentioned so.

  1. I by no means permit my son to exit in darkish. (Correct/routine motion)

Rule VII Adverb Definition

Note using phrases.

‘Seldom or never’, ‘Seldom, If ever’, ‘Little or nothing’, ‘Little, If anything’.

The phrases ‘Seldom or ever, and ‘Little or anything’ is improper in use. 

Adverb Examples

  1. We seldom or ever meet our relations today.  (Incorrect)
  2. We seldom or by no means (Seldom, If ever) meet our relations today.   (Correct)


Negative adverbs shouldn’t be used with the phrase s damaging in which means. So, Two negatives ought to be prevented.

‘Seldom, Nowhere, Never, Nothing, Hardly, Scarcely, Neither, Barely, Rarely’ are a few of the adverbs expressing which means.

Adverb Examples

  1. I hardly ever went to satisfy no person throughout the highway. (Use ’anyone’ rather than ‘nobody’)
  2. She hardly is aware of nothing concerning the household.     (Use ‘anything’ rather than ‘nothing)
  3. I hardly know any individual within the city.    (Say ‘anyone’ rather than ‘somebody’)
  4. He does nothing with out by no means consulting me. (Use ‘ever’ for ‘never’)
  5. They don’t seldom come right here.  Remove ‘do not’)
  6. This won’t assist him, nothing by no means does.   (Use ‘ever’ for ‘never’)
  7. He doesn’t write effectively and I don’t write neither.  (Say ‘either’) 


 I. Avoid using damaging, with ‘deny, forbid’ and ‘both’.

  1. She denied that she had not given him books.  (Delete ‘not’)
  2. (a)  Both of us will not be going there.   (Incorrect)

(b)  Neither of us goes there.   (Correct) 

II. Avoid using damaging with Conjunctions

                Until, Unless, Lest.

Rule IX

Given under are a few of the examples of the phrases being handled as adverbs whereas they’re adjectives or nouns.

Adverb Examples

  1. Manly, Masterly, Slovenly, Monthly, Weekly, Sickly, Friendly, Orderly, Gentlemanly are adjectives and shouldn’t be confused with adverbs.
  2. Coward, Miser, Niggard are nouns.

              ‘Cowardly, Miserly, Niggardly’ are adjectives.

              ‘In a cowardly, Miserly, Niggardly, Manner’ are used as adverbs.

  1. Fast, Straight, Outright, Direct, Hard, Hardly, Late’ Light, High, Safe, Quiet, and so on are used each as an adjective and adverb.
  2. Late, Lately

Late is each an adjective & an adverb

Lately is an adverb.  (Recently)

  1. Hard is each an adjective and adverb used within the affirmative sense.

Hardly is an adverb utilized in a damaging which means.

For instance

  1. A soldier is educated by no means to struggle cowardly. (Use ‘in a cowardly manner’)
  2. I’ve by no means come throughout a coward Indian soldier.    (Use ‘cowardly’ rather than ‘coward’)
  3. The darkness closed in whilst she was returning house fastly. (Use ‘fast’ rather than ‘fastly’)
  1. You should study to behave manly within the face of a hazard.   (Use ‘manfully’ rather than ‘manly’)
  2. He is incomes 5 hundred rupees month-to-month.    (Say ‘a month’)
  3. She is doing this work good today.   (Say ‘well’ for ‘good’)
  4. Rohit all the time comes recently to highschool.    (Say ‘late’ for ‘lately’)
  5. He is coward.    (Use ‘a’ earlier than ‘coward’)
  6. The trainer requested the scholars to speak loudly.   (Say ‘aloud’)
  7. We should attempt to protect hardly received freedom.   (Use ‘hard’ rather than ‘hardly’)
  8. Please hold the issues within the room orderly.    (Use ‘in order’ or ‘in an orderly manner’ rather than ‘orderly’)
  9. She rejected my utility outrightly.  (Say ‘outright’)
  10. Outright rejection of my plan disillusioned me.   (Correct)

Rule X 

The use of ‘Very, Much, So, Too Enough, Rather’.

  1. ‘Very’ modifies current participle used as an adjective, Adverb, and adjective within the optimistic diploma. ‘Much’ is used with a comparative diploma and previous participle.

Adverb Examples

  1. It is a lot of fascinating images.    (Use ‘very’ rather than ‘much’)
  2. I used to be very exhausted within the night.  (Use ‘much’ rather than ‘very’)
  3. She did this work in a short time.  (Correct)
  4. She is way wiser than her mom.   (Correct)
  5. She may be very drained after a day’s works.  (Correct)


Students ought to notice using ‘very’ and ‘much’ within the superlative diploma.

Adverb Examples

  1. She is the easiest trainer in our faculty. (Hare ‘very’ means ‘really’)
  2. She is way the most effective trainer in our faculty.   (Here ‘much’ means ‘decidedly’)
  3. She is by far the most effective trainer in our faculty.  (‘By far’ means ‘to a large extent’)
  4. ‘So’ and ‘Too’ shouldn’t be used without ‘that’ (Adverb clause) and ‘to’ (Infinitive) respectively.

‘Very’ and ‘Much’ could also be used within the place of so and too.

  1. My brother is so wholesome.   (Use ‘very’ rather than ‘so’)
  2. She may be very formed.  (Here ‘very’ means ‘to a great extent’)
  3. She is simply too poor to check additional.   (Correct)
  4. She is so poor that she can’t research additional.   (Correct)
  5. She is simply too wholesome. (Over wholesome) say ‘very’ for too)
  6. It is simply too dangerous.  (Correct)
  7. ‘Enough’ is each an adjective and adverb. As an adverb, it’s all the time positioned after the adjective it modifies.

As an adjective, it’s positioned earlier than a noun.

Adverb Examples:-

  1. She is of sufficient sensitivity to permit her son to go.   (Place ‘enough’ after ‘wise’)
  2. He has sufficient cash to spend.    (Correct)
  3. She is simply too form to assist everyone.   (Say ‘kind enough’ very form rather than ‘too’)
  4. She is simply too weak to move.   (Correct)
  5. The use of ‘rather’
  6. ‘Rather’ is an adverb of diploma like’ Fairly, Quite, Pretty (to a point)’.

Adverb Examples

  1. She is quite clever. 
  2. He is strolling quite slowly.
  3. ‘Rather’ will also be used earlier than a noun. For instance
  4. It is quite a nuisance.
  5. It is quite a very good step.


Article ‘a’, ‘an’ ought to be positioned earlier than a noun. If there’s an adjective with a noun, articles ‘a’, ‘an’ could also be positioned both earlier than or after ‘Rather’.

  1. ‘Rather’ can be utilized in case of choice

‘Would rather, Had rather, Rather than’ are used to precise Preference.

Adverb Examples

(Refer to Rule III(c) on Infinitive)

Rule XI


 the distinction between Too, As effectively, Also.

  1. ‘Too, As well, Also’, are used within the sense of “Besides”, “In addition to” in affirmative sentences. But  ‘Also’ can’t be used in the finish place.
  2. She discovered her bag and cash too/as effectively.
  3. She performs the piano and the harmonium as effectively/too.
  4. She discovered her bag and cash additionally.    (Say ‘also money’)
  5. So + auxiliary + topic is utilized in affirmative sentences in relation to 2 individuals doing one motion.
  6. She received the prize and so did her sister.   (Win)
  7. His spouse performs the piano and so does he. (Play)
  8. Neither + auxiliary + topic is utilized in damaging sentences in relation to two-person doing one motion.
  9. He doesn’t write effectively and neither do I.   (Write)
  10. She won’t lend cash and neither will he.  (Lend) 

Rule XII

While answering a query the adverb ‘Yes’ or ‘  no’ ought to be used in accordance with the affirmative and damaging reply. For instance

  1. Have you taken meals?
  2. Yes, I’ve not taken up to now?     (Use ‘No’ rather than ’Yes’)    

Rule XIII Adverb Definition

  1. The adverb ‘as’ ought to be used to introduce predictive of the verbs

‘Regard, Describe, Define, Treat, View, Know’.

  1. The adverb ‘as’ ought to be prevented to introduce predictive of the verbs

‘Name, Elect, Think, Consider, Call, Appoint, Make, Choose.’

For instance

  1. I regard him my brother.    (Add ‘as’ after ‘him’)
  2. Science has been outlined because of the research of nature. (Add ‘as’ after ‘defined’)
  3. She is taken into account as the most effective dancer within the city. (Drop ‘as’ after ‘considered’)
  4. The trainer is known as him as silly.  (Drop ‘as’)
  5. The principal appointed him as peon.    (Remove ‘as’)
  6. He thinks of her as an idiot.   (Remove ‘as’)
  7. He was elected because of the secretary of our membership.  (Remove ‘as’)   

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