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Adverb - the word itself means 'joined to a verb'. However, the concept goes much further. Read further to understand what are adverbs and their usage, in detail.

What Are Adverbs

Are you trying to rewind the grammar lessons on Adverbs? Well, we will help you out in that. By definition, adverb is a part of speech that modifies a verb, another adverb, an adjective, a phrase or a clause. When you say, "He drove the car slowly", you are actually expressing how the car moved i.e., you are talking about and describing the activity or the verb 'drove'. Here, as you might have guessed, 'slowly' is the adverb in this sentence, which modifies the verb (drove). Indicating the manner, time, place, cause or degree of an activity, adverbs help you convey an idea better and thus, make your writing more interesting and clear. Adverbs often have '-ly' attached to them and this makes it easier to identify them from a given set of words. However, this is not applicable in all cases. Adverbs can be placed anywhere in a sentence and they can be used as amplifiers, down toners or even emphasizers. So, to identify an adverb easily, you need to learn about them in detail. For starters, if a word answers the questions like "how," "when," "where," "how much" etc, it is an adverb. Know more about adverbs in the next section.

Types Of Adverbs
Adverbs are classified as following:
Adverbs Of Time
Adverbs of time, generally answer the questions 'when', 'how long' etc. Words like again, early, late, now, sometime, then, today, tomorrow, tonight, yesterday etc. are used as Adverbs of Time. Have a look at the examples given below:
Adverbs Of Frequency
Adverbs of frequency explain 'how often' something happens or the frequency of an event. They are usually placed before the main verb. Words like always, ever, frequently, generally, never, often, rarely, seldom, sometimes, usually etc. denote adverbs of frequency. Have a look at these examples.
Adverbs Of Place
Adverbs of place provide information on the place of action or event. They generally answer the question 'where'. Sometimes, adverbs of place act as prepositions as well. Adverbs of place, most often take the end position of a clause where they come before adverbs of time and adverbs of purpose. The adverbs of place are put behind the main verb. They are also called adverbs of location and include usage of words like ahead, back, forward, here, high, low, near, outside, somewhere, there etc. For example:
Adverbs Of Manner
Adverbs of manner explain how an event or an action takes place; generally answering the question 'how'. Mostly, adverbs of manner are words ending with '-ly'. Position of the adverb of manner depends upon presence of other adverbs. The adverbs of manner appear in the middle of a clause when it has no adverb of frequency, the beginning of a clause to emphasize the idea expressed and at the end if they come after an intransitive verb. Here, words such as carefully, correctly, eagerly, easily, fast, loudly, patiently, quickly, quietly, well etc. are used as adverb of manner. For example:
Adverbs of Purpose
Adverbs of purpose generally provide an answer to the question 'Why'. They express the reason or the purpose of the action or the event which happens or happened or will happen. Adverbs of purpose are brought in by the subordinating conjunctions like so, lest, so that, to, in order to, because, since, accidentally, intentionally, purposely etc. For example:
Connecting Adverbs
Connecting adverbs are brought in to connect and link the ideas expressed by the clause, where they occur, to thoughts conveyed in the previous clause. Here, words like also, consequently, furthermore, hence, however, moreover, nevertheless, otherwise, therefore, thus etc. are used to link the sentences and give a support to the main clause. For example:
Negative Adverbs
A negative adverb includes an adverb with an explicit negative meaning (never, not) and with implicit negative meanings (hardly, seldom). Negative adverbs gives a negative sense to the sentence with the usage of words such as - barely, hardly, little, never, not, nowhere, rarely, scarcely, seldom etc. For example:
Other than this, the negative adverbs are of two types: Double Negatives and Inverted Word Order.

Double Negatives - Double negatives refer to a place where two negative words are used in one clause. An example can be: 'He never told nobody the secret'. This structure however, isn't quite permitted in formal language and I seen more in the informal speech of people nowadays.

Inverted Word Order - An inverted word order is usually used if a sentence begins with a negative adverb, with the subject succeeding the simple present or simple past of the verb. An example can be: "Not for many years was the true story known" as against the rather regular, "The story was not known for many years". This form of writing is mostly used in narratives and creative stories.

Rules are meant to be broken they say, but never try that with English Grammar or else you might just get yourself in trouble with the literary experts of the field; not to mention the damage that you are likely to cause to your writings. Use adverbs when most required otherwise it could just annoy a reader and show a lack of vocabulary and verbs.