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Grammar Handbook: Adverbs

An adverb is a word or group of words that modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. They come in three different classes: simple, interrogative, and conjunctive. Also see below for some common mistakes with adverbs.

Simple Adverb

A simple adverb is used as a simple modifier telling manner, time, place, degree, or number.


Interrogative Adverb

An interrogative adverb asks a question.


Conjunctive Adverb

A conjunctive adverb connects independent clauses. Some common conjunctive adverbs are "accordingly," "also," "anyhow," "besides," "consequently," "however," "moreover," "nevertheless," "otherwise," "still," "then," "therefore," and "yet." Use a semicolon before the conjunctive adverb to join the two clauses.


Common Mistakes