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What is an adverb?

An adverb is a word that modifies the meaning of a verb, adjective or another adverb. French adverbs never change their form, the only exception to this rule is tout (all). For example, tout seul meaning all alone, will change depending on the subject pronoun – il est tout seul; elle est toute seule.

A tip to help you learn adverbs is to organize them into categories! Below are a few examples to get you started!

1. Adverbs ending in –ment

absolument – absolutely

certainement – certainly

vraiment – truly

rapidement – rapidly

doucement – slowly, gently

heureusement – fortunately

gentiment – nicely, kindly

seulement – only

rarement – rarely

apparemment – apparently

probablement – probably

2. Adverbs of time

hier – yesterday

aujourd’hui – today

demain – tomorrow

avant-hier – the day before yesterday

apres-demain – the day after tomorrow

alors – then, so, at that time

déjà – already, before

après – after

parfois – sometimes

jamais – never, ever

toujours – always, still

enfin – at last

souvent – often

depuis – since

longtemps – a long time

maintenant – now, nowadays

loin – a long time ago

3. Adverbs of place

ici – here

là – there

là-bas – over there

loin – far

dehors – outside

dedans – inside

devant – in front

derrière – behind

où – where

partout – everywhere

4. Adverbs of manner

bien – well

mieux – better

vite – quick, fast, soon

mal – badly

5. Adverbs of quantity or intensity

assez – enough, quite

beaucoup – a lot, more

moins – less

peu – not much, not very

très – very

environ – about

plus – more

trop – too much

ensemble – together

6. Adverbs made up of more than one word

bien sur – of course

d’abord – first

d’habitude – usually

en general – usually

en retard – late

tout de suite – straight away

de temps en temps – from time to time


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