Adverbs are used to modify verbs. They tell us when, where, how, in what manner, or to what extent an action is performed. Some examples:|
Adverbs are also used to modify adjectives and other adverbs. For example:
What Is an Adverb?An adverb can be added to a verb to modify its meaning. Usually, an adverb tells you when, where, how, in what manner, or to what extent an action is performed.
Many adverbs end in ly — particularly those that are used to express how an action is performed.
Although many adverbs end ly, lots do not, e.g., fast, never, well, very, most, least, more, less, now, far, and there.
Click on the adverbs:
Types of Adverbs
Although there are thousands of adverbs, each adverb can usually be categorized in one of the following groupings:
Adverbs of Time
Adverbs of Place
Adverbs of Manner
Adverbs of Degree
Adverbs Can Modify Adjectives and Other AdverbsAlthough the term adverb implies that they are only used with verbs, adverbs can also modify adjectives and other adverbs. For example:
(Note: The adjective trained is an adjective formed from the verb to train. It is called a participle.)
COMMON QUESTIONS REGARDING ADVERBS
When an adverb modifies an adjective, there is no need to join the two with a hyphen. For example:
should be "neatly arranged"
WELL AND FAST
With words like well and fast (which are both adjectives and adverbs), a hyphen can be used to avoid ambiguity. For example:
Read also about hyphens in compound adjectives.
USE A HYPHEN WITH WELL
This simple rule will cover most situations:
When preceding an adjective with an adverb, only use a hyphen with well.