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An Adverb List and Examples of Each Type

Are you looking for words that add style to your sentences? Memorizing and studying the meaning of new words on an adverb list can help improve your English skills. Adverbs, which modify verbs and adjectives, help you describe to your audience how actions are taken.

You’ll notice that the words on this list of adverbs add more detail to simple sentences. As a result, the reader or listener has a clearer understanding of the situation you’re discussing.

Let’s go over the types of verb modifying words and look at examples from each different adverb list. Before you begin, if you want more background information on verb modifying words, click site.

Words Describing Manner

A manner adverbs list provides words that explain how an action is done. These words modify or change the meaning of a verb in a sentence. Most of these types come after the main verb in a sentence, although sometimes they appear before the verb.

Here’s a standard sentence without a word of manner:

  • Tom creates websites.

To add more details explaining the manner in which Tom creates website, we’ll add a new word to the end of the sentence.

  • Tom creates websites quickly.
  • Tom creates websites reluctantly.
  • Tom creates websites frantically.

As you can see, different words of manner dramatically change the action (creating websites) in each sentence. Check out these words of manner:

  • Awkwardly
  • Beautifully
  • Carefully
  • Cheerfully
  • Deliberately
  • Enthusiastically
  • Happily
  • Innocently
  • Kindly
  • Mysteriously
  • Naturally
  • Nervously
  • Politely
  • Quickly
  • Shyly

Words Describing Place

A place adverbs list includes words that tell your audience where an action happens, will happen, or did happen. Use place words to answer the question, “where?” Words of place are also called “spatial words.”

If a word expresses location, direction, distance, position, or movement, then it’s probably spatial. Let’s see some examples.

  • She ran up the stairwell.
  • They can’t be far away.
  • Your pen fell behind the couch.
  • Travel eastward of here to arrive at my house.

Here are some additional spatial words to remember:

  • Across
  • Behind
  • Down
  • Everywhere
  • Indoors
  • Here
  • Up
  • There
  • Inside
  • In
  • Outside
  • Underneath
  • Westward
  • Somewhere
  • Anywhere

Words Describing Time

When did an action happen? How often does it happen? For how long does it happen? Words in a time adverbs list can answer one of these three questions for your audience.

Here are a few examples:

  • I’ll do my homework tomorrow.
  • William has been fasting all day.
  • He never eats vegetables.

A sentence can include multiple time-describing adverbs and answer all three questions. Note that the sentence should always follow a certain order when there is more than one time-describing word. The first word will describe how long an action happens. The second word explains how often it happens. The third word details when an action happens. For example:

  • She babysat the Smith’s children for three days (how long)every week (how often) last year (when).

There are many words that describe time. Here are some words and phrases describing time that are easy to remember:

  • Today
  • Tomorrow
  • Yesterday
  • Last spring
  • Later
  • Since June
  • For decades
  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Often
  • Generally
  • Sometimes
  • Usually
  • Always
  • Yet

Focusing Words

In speech, you can emphasize words to give your sentences different meanings. In writing, you’re unable to emphasize words this way. Instead, you use words from a focusing list of adverbs to give your sentences more meaning. These words tell your audience the information that is most important to know. Look at the following sentences for a few examples of this in action:

  • simply asked that he arrive on time.
  • I had a great day as well.
  • Even Billy likes my ninja costume.

Want to know more words you can use to focus a sentence? Here are some:

  • Also
  • Alone
  • Not only
  • Exactly
  • Simply
  • Solely
  • In particular
  • Mainly
  • Predominantly
  • Neither/Nor
  • At least
  • Even
  • Either
  • Notably
  • Purely

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Words of Degree

Words included in a degree list of adverbs let you share specific details with your audience. Each one explains the degree to which an action is taken or the degree of a state of being. In most sentences, you’ll find these words before the verb or adjective it is modifying.

  • Their new home is extremely large.
  • She can barely see without wearing her new glasses.
  • I’m absolutely done eating.

Additional degree words include:

  • Almost
  • Barely
  • Completely
  • Enough
  • Enormously
  • Fully
  • Greatly
  • Practically
  • Wholly
  • Virtually

Words of Evaluation

An evaluation list of adverbs contains words which express the speaker’s thoughts and feelings about an action or statement. You’ll often find these words at the beginning of a sentence, usually preceding a comma.

  • Amazingly, Jake did a backflip and kicked the ball mid-air to score a goal.
  • Strangely, my belongings aren’t where I left them.
  • Luckily, I brought a book to read.

Want to learn more evaluation words? Here are some great words to learn:

  • Amazingly
  • Appropriately
  • Curiously
  • Disappointingly
  • Happily
  • Importantly
  • Ironically
  • Oddly
  • Predictably
  • Sadly
  • Strangely
  • Thankfully
  • Unpredictably
  • Understandably
  • To my surprise

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Linking Words

Words that you find on a linking adverb list are often known as transition words. These words connect clauses and sentences together and create a smooth transition in your writing and speaking. You use these words at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence.

Here’s a linking adverb examples list:

  • Therefore, understanding nutrition is the foundation of health.
  • Jim studied hard and, as a result, was able to pass his exams.
  • Rather than play video games, Ted decided to work on his English assignment.

Try using some of these linking words in your writing:

  • As a result
  • As a consequence
  • In addition
  • Anyway
  • Furthermore
  • Additionally
  • Next
  • Similarly
  • Unlike
  • Indeed
  • Nevertheless
  • Moreover
  • Rather
  • Otherwise
  • In the same way

A Conjunctive Adverbs List

The types of verb modifying words covered previously have names that explain their function or purpose. At this point you may wonder, “What is a conjunctive adverbs list?” Similar to linking words, the words you’ll find on a list of conjunctive adverbs connect two parts of a sentence together. In fact, a conjunctive adverbs list contains words that describe a relationship between things. For example:

  • Shelly forgot to set her alarm. Incidentally, her mom happened to wake Shelly up early.
  • Tammy couldn’t watch the live tennis match. Nonetheless, she recorded it to watch on DVR.

A conjunctive adverb list also contains words such as:

  • Also
  • Besides
  • Equally
  • Anyway
  • Certainly
  • Likewise
  • Otherwise
  • Thus
  • Thereafter
  • Undoubtedly
  • Rather
  • Meanwhile

Now you know all about the different types of verb modifying words. Want to expand your vocabulary even more? Check out this informative site.

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