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 long?
- How often?
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.
- An adverb usually comes after the verb it modifies.
- An adverb always comes before the adjective it modifies.
- An adverb always comes before the adverb it modifies.
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
|up, above||down, below|
Examples with Adverbs of Place
Adverbs of Time
Adverbs of time answer questions like When? and How often? and are used to give information on time, duration, and frequency.
List of Adverbs of Time
|last night||the day before yesterday|
|the night before last||previously|
Examples with Adverbs of Time
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
|a lot||a little|
|somewhat||not at all|
Examples with Adverbs of Quantity or Degree
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
|like this, this way||easily|
Examples with Adverbs of Manner
Many adverbs can also be formed with adjectives by using the following formula.
feminine singular adjective + -mente (the Spanish equivalent of the English -ly)
More on Manner
Manner can frequently be expressed using adverbial expressions that use the following formulas.
- de manera + adjective
- de modo + adjective
- con + noun
Below you will find some more common Spanish adverbial expressions.
|in the end||on time|
|during the day||at night|
|perfectly||at the same time|
|in the beginning||once and for all|
|all over the place||secretly|
|at dusk, at sunset||at dawn|
|in the dark||fashionably|