Using adverbs in English

Adverbs modify, or tell us more about, other words. Usually adverbs modify verbs, telling us how, how often, when, or where something was done. The adverb is placed after the verb it modifies.

  • The bus moved slowly.
  • The bears ate greedily.
  • The car drove fast.

Sometimes adverbs modify adjectives, making them stronger or weaker.

  • You look absolutely fabulous!
  • He is slightly overweight.
  • You are very persistent.

Some types of adverbs can modify other adverbs, changing their degree or precision.

  • She played the violin extremely well.
  • You're speaking too quietly.