Developing a list of 100 adverbs may be difficult since the adverb is one of the very most absolutely, positively, completely, totally and truly confused parts of speech in the English language. You see, adverbs are often confused with adjectives. It's a relatively simple mistake to make, as both adjectives and adverbs describe things.
This article will give you a list of 100 adverbs plus a brief summary of the difference between adverbs and adjectives.
An adverb adds to a verb; it tells us how, how often, when, or where something was done. In other words, an adverb describes, modifies or provides more information about a verb in a sentence. So, if you said "I am going to quickly run to the store," the adverb in that sentence (quickly) would be modifying the verb "run."
Adverbs can be confused with adjectives, which also modify things. However, adjectives modify nouns and pronouns. If you said "I have a nice dog," then "dog" is the noun which is being modified by the adjective "nice".
On the other hand, if you said, "My dog quickly ate his dinner," the adverb "quickly" would modify the verb "ate."
In addition to verbs, adverbs also modify adjectives, other adverbs and word groups. So, when you say "I have the most beautiful dog," then "dog" is the noun, "beautiful" is the adjective describing the noun, and "most" is the adverb describing "beautiful."
You may have noticed a trend among adverbs; many, though not all, end in the letters "ly."
Knowing this can help you to quickly identify adverbs in sentences. However, remember that there are always exceptions, and some frequency adverbs, such as "always", "often", "sometimes", "seldom", and "never", do not follow this rule. Similarly, some words that end in "ly", such as "family" and "monopoly," are not adverbs.
Still, keeping an eye out for the "ly" ending can be a good tip to help you get started with successfully and correctly identifying adverbs.
Now that you understand what an adverb is and how to identify them in a sentence this printable list of 100 adverbs can help you with reading comprehension and creating your own sentences with adverbs.
Some adverbs you may recognize from the downloadable PDF include:
As you can see, many adverbs can be formed simply by adding "ly" to the end of what was once an adjective. "Anxious" becomes "anxiously," for example, and "poor" becomes "poorly."
Now that you have a better handle on the world of adverbs, why not expand your vocabulary with even more word lists too? This list of descriptive adjectives is a great place to start, including simple adjectives, compound adjectives and proper adjectives. Then, to tie your writing together, study this list of transition words as well.