Difference Between Verb and Adverb – (IELTS in the Philippines)

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It sounds so easy to many of us, but others might forget the meaning especially the difference and usage between them. Here is a simple explanation of verb and adverb.

Now, let us have the meaning of a verb. A verb expresses an action either physically or mentally.

Here are some of the examples of sentences that contain verbs. The underlined words are verbs.

1. Jake walked to school.

2. Rosalie reads her book everyday.

3. Leo easily lifted the barbell.

4. He lay down on the couch and -slept there all night.

5. Will you help him with his homework?

6. I hear an airplane flying above.

7. Call your teacher when you’re finished with your exercises.


States of Being Verbs are also known as linking verbs. The state of being verbs describe conditions or situations that exist.


1. I am a singer.

2. We are registered voters here in the Philippines.


Modal verbs have meanings connected with degrees of certainty and necessity:


1. He will be there around 8:00 PM. (quite certain)

2. She must be over 90 years old. (expresses strong belief)

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Now, let’s talk about an adverb. An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. It often ends in -ly.

1. She was hurt badly in the accident.

2. They really don’t care.

3. Fortunately, Lucy recorded Tom’s win.

4. I completely rejected his proposal.

5. She heartily endorsed the new restaurant.

6. Sandra sings loudly in the room.

7. His dog waits impatiently for his food.


Types of Adverbs

1. Adverbs of Manner – are used to tell us the way or how something is done.

Example: Fluently, Sadly, Easily, Angrily, Happily, Greedily, Loudly, etc.

2. Adverbs of Place – always talk about the location where the action of the verb is being carried out.

Example: Ahead, There, Here, Near, Somewhere, Outside, Inside, Bottom, etc.

3. Adverbs of Time – change or qualify the meaning of a sentence by telling us when things happen.

Example: Now, Yesterday, Late, Early, Today, Soon, Tonight, etc.

4. Adverbs of Degree – usually placed before the adjective, adverb, or verb that they modify, although there are some exceptions.

Example: Absolutely, Extremely, Highly, Slightly, Awfully, Fairly, Terribly, Enough, Very, etc.

5. Adverbs of Frequency – always describe how often something occurs, either in definite or indefinite terms.

Example: Often, Usually, Daily, Again and again, Frequently, Sometimes, Occasionally, etc.

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