Adverbs

Some Important Rules:

1. The adverbs, unless, scarcely and hardly are already negative. Therefore, they cannot be followed by not.

  • Correct: You needn’t start IV administration unless it is very necessary.
  • Incorrect: You needn’t start IV administration unless it is NOT very necessary.

2. The verb comes before its subject when the sentence is introduced by an adverb.

For Example:

  • No sooner did he reach the college than it began to rain.
  • Rightly has it been said that virtue brings its own reward.

3. Too is a negative adverb while “only too” is negative:

  • Correct: I shall be only too glad to see you. (this means “very glad”)
  • Correct: “I shall be too glad to see you”.

Easy Adverbs

The following are some of the common adverbs. If you wish, read them.

  • Promptly
  • Quickly
  • Rapidly
  • Slowly
  • Speedily
  • Tediously
  • Accidentally
  • Awkwardly
  • Blindly
  • Coyly
  • Crazily
  • Defiantly
  • Deliberately
  • Doubtfully
  • Dramatically
  • Dutifully
  • Enormously
  • Evenly
  • Exactly
  • Hastily
  • Hungrily
  • Inquisitively
  • Loosely
  • Madly
  • Mortally
  • Mysteriously
  • Nervously
  • Only
  • Seriously
  • Shakily
  • Sharply
  • Silently
  • Solemnly
  • Sternly
  • Technically
  • Unexpectedly
  • Wildly

Understanding the meaning of adverbs is important.

Adverbs of Time / Frequency

These are the most often used adverbs. Look at their meaning.

  • Always
  • Eventually
  • Finally
  • Frequently
  • Hourly
  • Occasionally
  • Often
  • Rarely
  • Regularly
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Usually
  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Yearly
  • Never

All Adverbs

If time allows you, read the following adverbs and guess their meanings:

  • Abnormally
  • Absentmindedly
  • Accidentally
  • Actually
  • Adventurously
  • Afterwards
  • Almost
  • Always
  • Annually
  • Anxiously
  • Arrogantly
  • Awkwardly
  • Bashfully
  • Beautifully
  • Bitterly
  • Bleakly
  • Blindly
  • Blissfully
  • Boastfully
  • Boldly
  • Bravely
  • Briefly
  • Brightly
  • Briskly
  • Broadly
  • Busily
  • Calmly
  • Carefully
  • Carelessly
  • Cautiously
  • Certainly
  • Cheerfully
  • Clearly
  • Cleverly
  • Closely
  • Coaxingly
  • Colorfully
  • Commonly
  • Continually
  • Coolly
  • Correctly
  • Courageously
  • Crossly
  • Cruelly
  • Curiously
  • Daily
  • Daintily
  • Dearly
  • Deceivingly
  • Deeply
  • Defiantly
  • Deliberately
  • Delightfully
  • Diligently
  • Dimly
  • Doubtfully
  • Dreamily

E

  • Easily
  • Elegantly
  • Energetically
  • Enormously
  • Enthusiastically
  • Equally
  • Especially
  • Even
  • Evenly
  • Eventually
  • Exactly
  • Excitedly
  • Extremely

F

  • Fairly
  • Faithfully
  • Famously
  • Far
  • Fast
  • Fatally
  • Ferociously
  • Fervently
  • Fiercely
  • Fondly
  • Foolishly
  • Fortunately
  • Frankly
  • Frantically
  • Freely
  • Frenetically
  • Frightfully
  • Fully
  • Furiously

G

  • Generally
  • Generously
  • Gently
  • Gladly
  • Gleefully
  • Gracefully
  • Gratefully
  • Greatly
  • Greedily

H

  • Happily
  • Hastily
  • Healthily
  • Heavily
  • Helpfully
  • Helplessly
  • Highly
  • Honestly
  • Hopelessly
  • Hourly
  • Hungrily

I

  • Immediately
  • Innocently
  • Inquisitively
  • Instantly
  • Intensely
  • Intently
  • Interestingly
  • Inwardly
  • Irritably

J

  • Jaggedly
  • Jealously
  • Jovially
  • Joyfully
  • Joyously
  • Jubilantly
  • Judgmentally
  • Justly

K

  • Keenly
  • Kiddingly
  • Kindheartedly
  • Kindly
  • Knavishly
  • Knowingly
  • Knowledgeably
  • Kookily

L

  • Lazily
  • Les
  • Lightly
  • Likely
  • Limply
  • Lively
  • Loftily
  • Longingly
  • Loosely
  • Loudly
  • Lovingly
  • Loyally

M

  • Madly
  • Majestically
  • Meaningfully
  • Mechanically
  • Merrily
  • Miserably
  • Mockingly
  • Monthly
  • More
  • Mortally
  • Mostly
  • Mysteriously

N

  • Naturally
  • Nearly
  • Neatly
  • Nervously
  • Never
  • Nicely
  • Noisily
  • Not

O

  • Obediently
  • Obnoxiously
  • Oddly
  • Offensively
  • Officially
  • Often
  • Only
  • Openly
  • Optimistically
  • Overconfidently

P

  • Painfully
  • Partially
  • Patiently
  • Perfectly
  • Physically
  • Playfully
  • Politely
  • Poorly
  • Positively
  • Potentially
  • Powerfully
  • Promptly
  • Properly
  • Punctually

Q

  • Quaintly
  • Queasily
  • Queerly
  • Questionably
  • Quicker
  • Quickly
  • Quietly
  • Quirkily
  • Quizzically

R

  • Randomly
  • Rapidly
  • Rarely
  • Readily
  • Really
  • Reassuringly
  • Recklessly
  • Regularly
  • Reluctantly
  • Repeatedly
  • Reproachfully
  • Restfully
  • Righteously
  • Rightfully
  • Rigidly
  • Roughly
  • Rudely

S

  • Scarcely
  • Scarily
  • Searchingly
  • Sedately
  • Seemingly
  • Seldom
  • Selfishly
  • Separately
  • Seriously
  • Shakily
  • Sharply
  • Sheepishly
  • Shrilly
  • Shyly
  • Silently
  • Sleepily
  • Slowly
  • Smoothly
  • Softly
  • Solemnly
  • Solidly
  • Sometimes
  • Soon
  • Speedily
  • Stealthily
  • Sternly
  • Strictly
  • Successfully
  • Suddenly
  • Supposedly
  • Surprisingly
  • Suspiciously
  • Sweetly
  • Swiftly
  • Sympathetically

T

  • Tenderly
  • Tensely
  • Terribly
  • Thankfully
  • Thoroughly
  • Thoughtfully
  • Tightly
  • Tomorrow
  • Too
  • Tremendously
  • Triumphantly
  • Truly
  • Truthfully

U

  • Ultimately
  • Unabashedly
  • Unaccountably
  • Unbearably
  • Unethically
  • Unexpectedly
  • Unfortunately
  • Unimpressively
  • Unnaturally
  • Unnecessarily
  • Upbeat
  • Upright
  • Upside-down
  • Upward
  • Urgently
  • Usefully
  • Uselessly
  • Usually
  • Utterly

U

  • Vacantly
  • Vaguely
  • Vainly
  • Valiantly
  • Vastly
  • Verbally
  • Very
  • Viciously
  • Victoriously
  • Violently
  • Vivaciously
  • Voluntarily

W

  • Warmly
  • Weakly
  • Wearily
  • Well
  • Wetly
  • Wholly
  • Wildly
  • Willfully
  • Wisely
  • Woefully
  • Wonderfully
  • Worriedly
  • Wrongly

Y

  • Yawningly
  • Yearly
  • Yearningly
  • Yesterday
  • Yieldingly
  • Youthfully

Y

  • Zealously
  • Zestfully
  • Zestily

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