Other adverbs

As well as regular adverbs that end in -mente, there are other types of adverbs.

Adverbs of time

Adverbs of time are used to say when or how often something is happening. They can come before or after the verb. As well as regular adverbs of time like diariamente (daily), frecuentemente (frequently) etc, there are other useful irregular adverbs of time including:

hoytoday
mañanatomorrow
anochelast night
ayeryesterday
ahoranow
siemprealways
todavíastill
yaalready
tardelate
tempranoearly
nuncanever
a vecessometimes
a menudooften

For example:

Nunca voy de compras (I never go shopping).

Iré de vacaciones mañana (I will go on holiday tomorrow).

Todavía no he hecho mis deberes (I still haven't done my homework).

El autobús llegó tarde (The bus arrived late).

Adverbs of place

Adverbs of place show where something is happening and give information about the location. They can come before or after the verb. Useful adverbs of place include:

aquíhere
allíthere
cercanear
lejosfar
adentroinside
afueraoutside
arribaabove
abajobelow

For example:

Aquí hay muchas tiendas (There are many shops here).

El museo está lejos (The museum is far).

Quantifiers and intensifiers

Quantifiers or intensifiers are adverbs of quantity or degree. They tell us how much, or to what extent, something is happening, eg me gusta mucho el cine (I like the cinema a lot) or los chicos hablan demasiado (the boys talk too much). They can also be used to add more detail to another adverb or an adjective, eg ella canta muy bien (she sings very well), los deberes son demasiado difíciles (the homework is too difficult).

Useful quantifiers and intensifiers include:

bastanteenough/quite
demasiadotoo much
un pocoa little
muchoa lot
muyvery
Question

Translate these sentences containing adverbs into English.

  1. Siempre como el desayuno.
  2. Voy al cine a menudo.
  3. Los exámenes son bastante fáciles.
  4. Mi amigo vive allí.
  5. Hago la natación ocasionalmente.
  6. Me gusta el queso un poco.
  1. I always eat breakfast.
  2. I go to the cinema often.
  3. The exams are quite easy.
  4. My friend lives there.
  5. I go swimming occasionally.
  6. I quite like cheese.
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