Adverbs of Manner describe how an action of a verb is done. For example, “Yohanne plays the flute,” tells us nothing more than the fact that he plays the instrument. However, by adding an Adverb of Manner, we can describe how he plays the flute.
Yohanne plays flute melodically.
“Yohanne plays the flute slowly.”
“Yohanne plays the flute badly.”
“Yohanne plays the flute quickly.”
Notice that the Adverb is underlined. In many ways, they are like an Adjective, they describe something, however, an Adjective is used to describe a noun.
When you think about it, Adverbs of Manner are useful because they allow the speaker to include extra details in descriptions. They make what the Speaker says more interesting and dynamic. For example:
“Yohanne plays flute melodically,” sounds poetic. This statement shows the contrast between a musician playing badly and well.
Adverb of manner is an adverb that described how and in what manner the action of a verb takes place. Such as quickly, slowly, badly, etc.
How to use the Irregular adverb of Manner- Hard
As you may know, Adverbs of Manner describe how an action is done. And, today’s word, “hard” is an irregular Adverb of Manner.
Unlike other words, the spelling of Irregular Adverbs of Manner doesn’t change when used to describe an action. And so, it’s incorrect to say “I work hardly,” although adding ly to “hard” seems like the correct way to conjugate the word. It’s worth noting that, hardly is an Adverb of Frequency, not Manner. It means to do something rarely.
As for using the Adjective of Manner “hard” in a sentence correctly, it can be placed after any Verb to state that the person doing the action is putting the most effort in. For example, you can “play ball,” or “play ball hard.” A team member who “plays ball hard” is doing their best.
We Like Bands that Play Hard
Getting to the theme of this article, this writer likes bands that “play hard,” to borrow a line from David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel. A band that “plays it hard (as the song goes)” puts all their energy into performing on stage.
“Never” is an Adverb of Frequency. Adverbs of Frequency describe how often an event happens, for example, trains arriving and departing a station.
“Never” means that something doesn’t occur at all, in fact, it’s the opposite of always, which means that something occurs at all times. Can you think of something that doesn’t happen at all?
Humorously, it’s said that one should “never say never,” because they will eventually be wrong. However, native English speakers often use the Adverb “never.” The word is used as an exaggeration. For example, you may encounter the phrase, “You’ll never guess who I saw”. In actuality, you may be able to guess whom the speaker saw, it was a mutual friend.
In all cases, an Adverb describes a Verb, Adjective, or another Adverb. For example, “quickly” is an Adverb that may be used to describe the speed of action. It is often used in sentences like, “He quickly runs”. But today, we are discussing Adverbs of Frequency. Adverbs of Frequency describe how often an event occurs.
There are two types of Adverbs of Frequency, definite and indefinite. Definite Adverbs of Frequency give the exact time of an event, such as hourly. For example, you may hear a native English speaker say, “The train arrives, hourly”. But, Indefinite Adverbs of Frequency are abstract. “Always” is an Indefinite Adverb of Frequency, a few things always happen.