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Adverbs
Spanish Adverbs

Spanish Adverbs

Quick Answer

Adverbs are words used to modify or describe verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. An adverb can give information about time, place, manner, or number and answer questions such as:

  • How?
  • How long?
  • How often?
  • When?
  • Where?

Unlike Spanish adjectives, Spanish adverbs are invariable, which is a fancy way to say they do not change according to the gender or number. This is because adverbs modify verbs, adjectives and adverbs, not nouns.

Adverb Placement

  • An adverb usually comes after the verb it modifies.
Cantas bien.
You sing well.
 
  • An adverb always comes before the adjective it modifies.
Eres muy alto.
You're very tall.
 
  • An adverb always comes before the adverb it modifies.
Hablas demasiado rápido.
You speak too quickly.
 

Types of Adverbs

Adverbs can be categorized into several types, including adverbs of place, adverbs of time, adverbs of quantity, and adverbs of manner.

Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place answer questions like Where? and give information on location.

List of Adverbs of Place

SpanishEnglishSpanishEnglish
aquí
 
here
acá
 
here
allí
 
there
allá
 
there
cerca
 
near
lejos
 
far
delante
 
in front
detrás
 
behind
encima
 
on top
debajo
 
underneath
dentro
 
inside
fuera
 
outside
adelante
 
ahead
atrás
 
behind
arriba
 
up, above
abajo
 
down, below
adentro
 
inside
afuera
 
outside

Examples with Adverbs of Place

El templo está allá.
The temple is over there.
 
Aquí hay muchas flores.
There are lots of flowers here.
 

Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of place answer questions like When? and How often? and are used to give information on time, duration, and frequency.

List of Adverbs of Time

SpanishEnglishSpanishEnglish
hoy
 
today
ahora
 
now
mañana
 
tomorrow
ayer
 
yesterday
anoche
 
last night
anteayer
 
the day before yesterday
anteanoche
 
the night before last
previamente
 
previously
recientemente
 
recently
actualmente
 
currently
brevemente
 
briefly
permanentemente
 
permanently
diariamente
 
daily
frecuentemente
 
frequently
todavía
 
still
ya
 
already
nunca
 
never
siempre
 
always
ocasionalmente
 
occasionally
semanalmente
 
weekly

Examples with Adverbs of Time

Llegaste tarde a clase.
You arrived to class late.
 
Todavía no ha comido sus guisantes.
He still hasn't eaten his peas.
 

Adverbs of Quantity or Degree

Adverbs of quantity or degree answer questions like How much?, or To what extent? and are used to give information on quantity, number, and degree.

List of Adverbs of Quantity or Degree

SpanishEnglishSpanishEnglish
muy
 
very
demasiado
 
too much
mucho
 
a lot
poco
 
a little
menos
 
less
más
 
more
tanto
 
so much
bastante
 
enough
algo
 
somewhat
nada
 
not at all

Examples with Adverbs of Quantity or Degree

Comí demasiado anoche.
I ate too much last night.
 
Estoy muy cansada.
I am very tired.
 

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of manner answer questions like How?, or In what way? and are used to give information on the way something is done.

List of Adverbs of Manner

SpanishEnglishSpanishEnglish
bien
 
well
mal
 
badly
mejor
 
better
peor
 
worse
rápido
 
fast, quickly
despacio
 
slowly
claramente
 
clearly
inteligentemente
 
intelligently
bonito
 
beautifully
cuidadosamente
 
carefully
alto
 
loudly
quieto
 
quietly
dulcemente
 
sweetly
estupendamente
 
stupendously
seriamente
 
seriously
voluntariamente
 
voluntarily
así
 
like this, this way
fácilmente
 
easily

Examples with Adverbs of Manner

Lo siento, pero así soy yo.
I'm sorry, that's the way I am.
 
Estoy bien, gracias.
I'm well, thank you.
 

Forming Adverbs

Simple Adverbs

Many adverbs can also be formed with adjectives by using the following formula.

feminine singular adjective + -mente (the Spanish equivalent of the English -ly)

  • lenta + -mente = lentamente  (slowly)
Caminaba lentamente.
He was walking slowly.
 
  • fácil + -mente = fácilmente  (easily)
Contesté las preguntas fácilmente.
I answered the questions easily.
 
  • rápida + -mente = rápidamente  (quickly)
Corrí rápidamente para escaparme de los perros.
I ran quickly to escape from the dogs.
 

More on Manner

Manner can frequently be expressed using adverbial expressions that use the following formulas.

  • de manera + adjective
  • de modo + adjective
  • con + noun
Me besó de manera dulce.
He kissed me sweetly.
 
Hice el examen de manera fácil.
I completed the exam easily.
 
Corrí de modo rápido para escaparme de los perros.
I ran quickly to escape from the dogs.
 
Escribe de modo romántico para ganar su corazón.
I wrote romantically to win her heart.
 
Me besó con dulzura.
He kissed me sweetly.
 
Hice el examen con facilidad.
I completed the exam easily.
 

Adverbial Expressions

Below you will find some more common Spanish adverbial expressions.

SpanishEnglishSpanishEnglish
a ciegas
 
blindly
a veces
 
sometimes
al final
 
in the end
a tiempo
 
on time
de día
 
during the day
de noche
 
at night
de verdad
 
really, truly
por fin
 
finally
sin cuidado
 
carelessly
con cuidado
 
carefully
a la perfección
 
perfectly
a la vez
 
at the same time
al principio
 
in the beginning
de una vez por todas
 
once and for all
a diario
 
daily
a menudo
 
often
de inmediato
 
immediately
de nuevo
 
once again
en serio
 
really, seriously
en realidad
 
really
a diestra y siniestra
 
all over the place
a escondidas
 
secretly
al anochecer
 
at dusk, at sunset
al amanecer
 
at dawn
a oscuras
 
in the dark
a la moda
 
fashionably
en casa
 
at home
con frecuencia
 
frequently
con alegría
 
happily
con tristeza
 
sadly
de buena gana
 
willingly
de mala gana
 
unwillingly
de pronto
 
suddenly
de repente
 
suddenly
por desgracia
 
unfortunately
por suerte
 
luckily
de memoria
 
by heart
de prisa
 
quickly

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