An adverb is a part of speech that provides greater description to a verb, adjective, or another adverb. They're noted for their -ly ending, although they don't have to end in -ly. Cautiously is an adverb, but so is something like clockwise. We're at the start of an alphabetical list of adverbs. We began with Adverbs That Start With A, and now we're moving on to 50 of the most popular adverbs that start with C.
50 Adverbs Starting With C
Below, you'll find 50 C-adverbs in common use today. Beside them is a short and sweet definition, as well as a sampling of synonyms:
in a peaceful manner
quietly, coolly, sedately
scrupulously, cautiously, meticulously
in a relaxed manner
unintentionally, inadvertently, accidentally
in a careful manner
carefully, gingerly, tentatively
equal distance from various points
halfway, midway, in the center
absolutely, hardily, truly
in a usual or expected manner
commonly, consistently, generally
in a manner that doesn't require a lot of money
economically, inexpensively, frugally
in a joyous manner
gladly, willingly, joyfully
mainly, particularly, principally
to a standard with a long-established style
in a way that produces no pollutants
without any doubt
apparently, conspicuously, evidently
in a witty manner
intelligently, shrewdly, wittily
in an analytical manner
analytically, empirically, scientifically
in the direction in which the hands of a clock rotate
with little or no space or time in between
almost, barely, nearly
in a way that results from chance
funnily, luckily, serendipitously
as a group or whole
cooperatively, mutually, unitedly
in a physically relaxed way
luxuriously, adequately, easily
in the usual course of events
customarily, generally, ordinarily
to a moderate degree, when compared to something else
relatively, analogously, similarly
in a manner that's situated for a win
to the fullest extent
wholly, entirely, thoroughly
in a complete or thorough manner
assiduously, carefully, meticulously
in a manner that is possible
possibly, imaginably, ostensibly
in a decisive manner that can prove a case
finally, convincingly, definitively
happening at the same time
jointly, simultaneously, synchronously
doing something with assurance or fearlessness
in a deliberate and intentional way
purposely, explicitly, knowingly
successively, continuously, sequentially
as a result of
ergo, therefore, thereupon
something done in keeping with traditional values
quietly, privately, traditionally
to a degree worth considering
appreciably, greatly, markedly
in a constant manner; always
usually, always, constantly
something done openly
apparently, clearly, distinctly
in a steadfast manner
uniformly, continually, invariably
in a non-stop manner
steadily, constantly, frequently
constantly, perpetually, relentlessly
handily, cleverly, smoothly
done in an opposite manner or for the opposing side
interchangeably, reciprocally, mutually
in a way that causes someone to believe something
satisfactorily, sufficiently, competently
in the right and proper manner
accurately, justly, perfectly
in an analogous or equivalent way
accordingly, appropriately, respectively
in an original manner
innovatively, originally, uniquely
in an illegal manner
naughtily, badly, unethically
in a manner that tends to find fault
unfavorably, adversely, disparagingly
with vital importance
urgently, essentially, imperatively
in an unusual way
strangely, uncommonly, surprisingly
at the present time
presently, directly, now
For even more adverbs to add to your lexicon, check out this List of 100 Adverbs!
Using Adverbs Correctly
Did you spot the adverb in the header? "Correctly" is modifying the verb "using." "Using adverbs" works just as well, but adverbs like "correctly" can provide a little more information.
Also, adverbs don't just stand beside verbs. They can also modify adjectives and other adverbs. A great way to spot adverbs is to look for words that end in -ly. Examples from the above list include "classically" and "confidently."
We can get a little more specific than simply saying adverbs add intensity or emphasis to other words. Let's take a closer look at what, collectively, they aim to do:
- Adverbs Tell How It Happened: Adverbs like "cheerfully" describe how something was done.
- Adverbs Tell Where It Happened: Adverbs like "closeby" describe the location of where something happened.
- Adverbs Tell When It Happened: Adverbs like "concurrently" describe when something took place.
- Adverbs Tell the Extent of an Action: Adverbs like "closely" describe the extent to which something did or did not happen.
For more on how adverbs work to intensify the meaning behind other words, check out these Examples of Adverbs.
10 Example Sentences
Let's look at 10 of the above C-adverbs hard at work in sentence form:
- He calmly arose from the chair and walked over to her.
- She carefully typed the affidavit.
- They casually walked into the room.
- She cheerfully waved to her neighbor.
- Sherlock cleverly solved the mystery.
- Monique comfortably walked around town in her new shoes.
- They conspicuously held hands in the town square for all to see.
- She continually prays for peace.
- I have correctly answered all your questions.
- She is currently working in Brazil.
Cast New Adverbs
Cast new adverbs into your vocabulary today… with one small stipulation. Although adverbs are enticing intensifiers, it's best to use them cautiously. Too many -ly words can make our writing seem ungainly.
Whenever you can go with a strong verb in lieu of a bland verb and an adverb, go with the strong verb. Otherwise, you can continue to sprinkle them conspicuously throughout your prose, whenever the timing is right!