Adverbs Definition (with Examples)

Definition of Adverb (with Examples)

Adverbs are mainly used to modify verbs. They are used to express when, where, how, for what reason, or to what degree an action is performed.

Many adverbs — especially those that express how an action is performed — end -ly.

Examples of Adverbs

Here are some examples of adverbs:

Adverbs with Adjectives and Other Adverbs

In the examples above, the adverbs all modify verbs. However, adverbs can also modify adjectives and other adverbs. For example:

Adverbial Phrases and Adverbial Clauses

Many adverbs are just one word, but adverbs are often made up of more than one word. For example: When an adverb is made up of more than one word, it is known as an adverbial phrase or an adverbial clause.

A Quick Test

When an adverb modifies an adjective, do not join them with a hyphen unless you need to eliminate ambiguity.

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See Also

More about adverbs What are adverbial clauses? What are adverbial phrases? Definition of adjective Definition of conjunction Definition of interjection Definition of noun Definition of preposition Definition of pronoun Definition of verb Glossary of grammatical terms