Adverbs That Start With S

Adverbs work hard to provide more detail to verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Sometimes, you can spot them by their -ly ending, although they don't always end in -ly. Safely and seemingly are adverbs in the same way seldom or sometimes are adverbs. Together, let's smoothly dip our toes into the exciting waters of adverbs that start S.

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50 Adverbs Starting With S

Here's a list of 50 of the most common S-adverbs. Their definitions have been placed seamlessly beside them, along with a sampling of synonyms:

Adverb

Definition

Synonyms

sadly

in a sorrowful way

regretfully, sorrowfully, unfortunately

safely

in a manner without risk

securely, carefully, reliably

scarcely

unlikely to be the case

barely, hardly, merely

seamlessly

with no apparent gaps between one part and the next

smoothly, continuously, evenly

secondly

in the second place

furthermore, also, besides

secretly

done in a hidden manner

covertly, privately, discreetly

securely

in a manner that does not evoke fear or apprehension

safely, fearlessly, properly

seemingly

according to the facts as one knows them

apparently, ostensibly, professedly

seldom

something that does not occur very often

infrequently, rarely, scarcely

separately

in a manner that is not connected to anyone or anything

apart, respectively, individually

seriously

in a manner fraught with danger

dangerously, precariously, perilously

severely

in a manner that is very serious, harsh, or critical

critically, harshly, firmly

shortly

right away

abruptly, briefly, curtly

significantly

an important, sizeable, or meaningful way

importantly, sizeably, meaningfully

similarly

in a like style or manner

also, equally, likewise

simply

absolutely; completely (used for emphasis)

clearly, frankly, honestly

simultaneously

going on at the same time

concurrently, synchronously, jointly

sincerely

in a genuine manner

honestly, truthfully, earnestly

singly

as a single, separate person or thing

individually, separately, alone

slightly

to a small degree or extent

hardly, marginally, superficially

slowly

at a slow pace; not quickly

leisurely, sluggishly, tardily

smoothly

in a manner that is even, flat, and not rough

sleekly, placidly, evenly

so

the way or amount shown

accordingly, consequently, thus

socially

in the company of others, especially for pleasure

politely, courteously, companionably

solely

something done for only one reason

exclusively, purely, primarily

someday

at some point in the future

eventually, sometime, subsequently

somehow

by some means

anyhow, anyway, unspecified

sometimes

something that occurs every now and then

occasionally, periodically, sporadically

somewhat

to some extent

approximately, considerably, partially

somewhere

in, to, or at some place not known or specified

around, about, someplace

soon

in the near future

expeditiously, imminently, shortly

specially

for a special purpose or a specific person

particularly, uniquely, especially

specifically

in a way that is exact and clear

expressly, particularly, precisely

steadily

in a manner that is firm, constant, and free from change

regularly, uniformly, consecutively

still

without movement

calmly, impassively, quietly

straight

in a straight line; not curly, wavy, or out of the way

continuously, directly, uninterruptedly

strategically

in a manner that will achieve a specific goal or plan

decisively, cleverly, diplomatically

strictly

in a manner that is precise and follows the rules

rigidly, rigorously, stringently

strongly

in a powerful manner

stoutly, vigorously, resolutely

subsequently

following; afterwards

after, consequently, later

substantially

to a great degree

extensively, considerably, largely

successfully

without failing

fortunately, triumphantly, victoriously

suddenly

happening quickly, with little or no warning

abruptly, quickly, swiftly, unexpectedly

sufficiently

to an adequate degree

adequately, amply, enough

summarily

over a short period of time

promptly, readily, speedily

superficially

as to an outward appearance only; on the surface

apparently, seemingly, ostensibly

supposedly

according to what is believed

seemingly, believably, apparently

surely

without doubt

certainly, definitely, absolutely

surprisingly

in a way that is unexpected or unusual

extraordinarily, remarkably, unexpectedly

swiftly

in a fast manner

quickly, speedily, briskly

For more adverbs to add to your lexicon, take a look at this List of 100 Adverbs!

What, Specifically, Is an Adverb?

Did you spot the adverb there? We could've simply written, "What Is an Adverb?" in the heading. But, from time to time, adverbs can be used to provide more information about our verbs.

Although adverbs typically work alongside 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 "substantially" and "surprisingly."

Let's take a closer look at the role that adverbs can play in sentences:

  • Adverbs Tell How It Happened: Adverbs like "sloppily" describe how something was done.
  • Adverbs Tell Where It Happened: Adverbs like "somewhere" describe the location of where something happened.
  • Adverbs Tell When It Happened: Adverbs like "suddenly" describe when something took place.
  • Adverbs Tell the Extent of an Action: Adverbs like "so" 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.

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10 Example Sentences

Here are ten of the above S-adverbs hard at work in sentence form:

  1. Although he had started the race with everyone else, he sadly remained at the back of the pack.
  2. He brought her safely back to shore.
  3. Together, they seamlessly brought the injured pup back to life.
  4. He was significantly older than she was.
  5. They simultaneously pulled the desk and chair into the bedroom.
  6. She smoothly hefted the potted plant onto the desk.
  7. I'm somewhat curious as to her motives.
  8. The new parking regulations are being strictly enforced.
  9. She subsequently received a parking ticket.
  10. Her worry or fear over the incident was surprisingly absent.

Selectively Set Your Adverbs

As you successfully acquaint yourself with this part of speech, remember to be selective. Adverbs are meant to be used in moderation. Adding too many -ly words to your writing can become cumbersome and make it difficult for the reader to sail through your prose.

When possible, choose a notable, strong verb. For more on that, check out Strong Verbs and Weak Verbs: What's the Difference? From there, you'll be able to dabble in adverbs from time to time, in the midst of some seriously standout verbs.