Adverbs reverberate in the land of grammar in order to provide greater description to verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Realistically, you've probably come across them before in your reading and writing. You can readily spot them by their -ly ending, although they don't have to end in -ly.
Rapidly is an adverb in the same way rather is an adverb. Let's get really rambunctious and leap into a list of 50 adverbs that start with R.
Together, we'll reel in 50 of the most common R-adverbs. Beside them is a reasonably precise definition, as well as a few synonyms:
in a way that relates to race or race differences
genetically, culturally, ethnically
without method or conscious decision
haphazardly, aimlessly, by chance
at a great rate
speedily, swiftly, quickly
exceptionally, occasionally, seldomly
to a certain extent or degree
fairly, slightly, relatively
in a logical manner
sensibly, intelligently, judiciously
easily, freely, quickly
in a way that demonstrates a sensible idea of what can be achieved
sensibly, practically, rationally
without a doubt
actually, indeed, truly
in a fair and sensible way
rationally, sanely, sensibly
in a way that removes doubt and fears
assuredly, convincingly, encouragingly
at a recent time; not long ago
lately, freshly, newly
without regard for cost or consequence
dangerously, heedlessly, carelessly
in a reinvigorating way
exhilaratingly, freshly, invigoratingly
something which is not dependent upon current circumstances
anyway, nevertheless, either way
in a large but limited area
locally, provincially, territorially
in a manner that inspires regret
remorsefully, apologetically, sorrowfully
used to express apology for something
sadly, grievously, horribly
with a constant frequency or pattern
automatically, commonly, frequently
compared with something else
approximately, comparably, almost
done in a constant or harsh way
brutally, mercilessly, savagely
in a dependent manner
dependably, faithfully, predictably
with consistent and conscientious regularity
regularly, automatically, faithfully
doing something against your will
unwillingly, involuntarily, hesitantly
in a manner that is unusual, extraordinary, or worthy of attention
exceptionally, extraordinarily, uncommonly
at a distance; far away
distantly, obscurely, secludedly
done several times or in repetition
frequently, regularly, habitually
in a manner characterized by repetition, especially when it is unnecessary or tiresome
tediously, constantly, monotonously
according to what someone said
supposedly, allegedly, apparently
according to general belief
seemingly, ostensibly, obviously
with all of one's heart
bravely, firmly, obstinately
in a manner that shows regard for someone or something
considerately, deferentially, courteously
in the order given
accordingly, subsequently, correspondingly
in a manner that is marked by good decisions and caring for others
maturely, competently, effectively
something done after the fact
something done in a deeply respectful way
admiringly, earnestly, fondly
in a manner whereby a question is asked as a statement rather than a method of eliciting information
in a manner that relates to a consistent beat or meter
gracefully, neatly, dexterously
in an elaborate, generous, or plentiful way
amply, lavishly, opulently
in a manner that is funny, embarrassing, or implausible
stupidly, absurdly, unbelievably
in accordance with what is right or just
fairly, lawfully, justly
fairly, properly, suitably
done in a very strict, hard, severe, or intense way
severely, firmly, sternly
in a sturdy and strong manner
strongly, fully, resolutely
in a way that is expressive of feelings of love
sentimentally, lovingly, passionately
in a manner that is coarse, uneven, tough, or difficult
harshly, rudely, austerely
in a manner that has become common or expected
usually, commonly, frequently
to an extreme degree
utterly, completely, thoroughly
in a manner that does not conform to what society says is polite
impolitely, bluntly, harshly
in a manner that doesn't show any compassion or mercy
cruelly, mercilessly, savagely
To add even more adverbs to your expanding vocabulary, check out this List of 100 Adverbs!
Adverbs like to dance around our verbs, providing more information. And, although they typically adorn verbs, they're not strictly tied to them. 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 "rhythmically" and "rudely."
Let's take a closer look at what adverbs do:
- Adverbs Tell How It Happened: Adverbs like "randomly" describe how something was done.
- Adverbs Tell Where It Happened: Adverbs like "remotely" describe the location of where something happened.
- Adverbs Tell When It Happened: Adverbs like "recently" describe when something took place.
- Adverbs Tell the Extent of an Action: Adverbs like "rather" 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.
Ready to explore some of these R-adverbs in action? Here are ten of them in sentence form:
- He randomly selected two rabbits from the breeder.
- She was always readily available to her students.
- Rachel reassuringly patted her on the back as they prayed together.
- She recently broke a new record on Words With Friends.
- She drove recklessly to the hospital to get to her father.
- The detective relentlessly pursued the villain.
- Mom repeatedly told Raul to stop chasing the kitten.
- Robert respectfully declined the invitation to the annual gala.
- Rebecca was romantically involved with her boss and we all know how that ended.
- He ruthlessly cut through the weeds to reach the clearing in the woods.
Although adverbs are great friends to the verb, you don't want to dress all your verbs in adverbs. Adding too many -ly words to our sentences can clog them up, making our writing appear clunky.
Instead, opt for a remarkably strong and unique verb, when possible. Still, that's not to say you shouldn't continue to acquaint yourself with this interesting member of the grammar family. In fact, why not start all the way back at the beginning, with Adverbs That Start With A? Enjoy the journey!