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Order of Adverbs and Adjectives

Order of Adverbs in a Sentence


1) An adverb is a word or set of words that modifies verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. Usually adverbs modify verbs, telling us how, how often, when, or where something was done.

We walked really slowly.

2) As adverbs are used to modify verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, phrases, clauses, or even entire sentences, they are able to function nearly anywhere in the sentence, depending on their type and what it is they are modifying.

If we use more than one adverb to describe a verb, there is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear (sometimes called the royal order of adverbs):

1. manner, 2. place, 3. frequency, 4. time, 5. purpose.

It is uncommon to use five adverbs in a row to modify the same word, but if a sentence uses two or more, then it is best to follow this order to avoid sounding unnatural.
Adverbs of manner tell us how something happens, how someone does something, or give character to a description.

Alice sings beautifully.

Adverbs of place tell us about an aspect of location associated with the action of a verb, specifying the direction, distance, movement, or position involved in the action.

We looked upwards at the fireworks.

Adverbs of frequency tell us how often something happens.

Peter goes abroad twice a year.

Adverbs of time tell us when or for how long something happens or is the case.

They’ve been dating for 4 years.

Adverbs of purpose tell us why something happens.

The dress is handcrafted and hence expensive.

Adverbs indicating the attitude and point of view of the speaker or writer usually go at the beginning. These adverbs are called sentence adverbs because they refer to the whole sentence or utterance.

Actually, I don’t want to go there.

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