An adverb is a word used to modify a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. For example:
- She swims quickly.
- She is an extremely quick swimmer.
When an adverb modifies a verb, it usually tells us how, when, where, how often, and how much the action is performed. Here are some examples of adverbs modifying verbs:
- How: He ran quickly.
- When: He ran yesterday.
- Where: He ran here.
- How often: He ran daily.
- How much: He ran fastest.
In the examples above, every adverb is a single word, but an adverb can be made up of more than one word. For example:
- How: He ran at 10 miles per hour.
- When: He ran when the police arrived.
- Where: He ran to the shops.
- How often: He ran every day.
- How much: He ran quicker than me.