An adverb is a part of speech that provides additional description to a verb, adjective, or another adverb. They're noted for their -ly ending, although they don't have to end in -ly.
Ideally is an adverb, but so is indeed. Interesting, right? Let's roll on to uncover 50 of the most popular adverbs that start with I.
Beside each I-adverb, you'll find a short definition and a sampling of synonyms:
in conformity with an ideal
perfectly, correctly, impeccably
in a manner contrary to law
criminally, illicitly, unconstitutionally
directly, instantaneously, promptly
to a great extent
vastly, extremely, extravagantly
in a way that is not directly expressed
inevitably, essentially, completely
used to emphasize a significant point
principally, basically, notably
contrary to what had been thought possible
incredulously, unbelievably, remarkably
in a way that evokes admiration
dramatically, excitingly, profoundly
in a manner not in accordance with accepted standards
poorly, clumsily, inadequately
something done accidentally or unintentionally
accidentally, carelessly, recklessly
in a manner that is not suitable or proper
improperly, wrongly, erroneously
used when a person has a new, but related, point
parenthetically, accidentally, subordinately
in a mistaken way
mistakenly, falsely, inaccurately
to an increasing extent
progressively, largely, flourishingly
to a great degree
amazingly, fabulously, uncommonly
in regular increases
accumulatively, additionally, cumulatively
a word used to emphasize the truth of something
absolutely, actually, honestly
something that is done or will go on for an undetermined period of time
continually, endlessly, regularly
in a way that is free from outside control or influence
alone, freely, separately
in a manner that is not directly caused by something
incidentally, accidentally, concomitantly
independently, personally, singly
in a house or building
in a manner that is impossible to avoid or prevent
unavoidably, undeniably, inescapably
for an unknown reason
oddly, peculiarly, strangely
extremely, unbelievably, boundlessly
in a relaxed, friendly, or unofficial manner
casually, carelessly, lackadaisically
not often; rarely
seldomly, intermittently, occasionally
something that is built-in or part of the makeup of a person or thing
innately, intrinsically, naturally
at the beginning
originally, firstly, principally
to an extreme degree
hugely, exponentially, greatly
directly, forthwith, immediately
without being taught
inherently, intuitively, naturally
in a rational manner
intelligently, brilliantly, shrewdly
in a clever manner
cleverly, brilliantly, judiciously
to an extreme degree
deeply, fiercely, profoundly
purposely, deliberately, willfully
something done with great focus
concentratedly, attentively, keenly
something that can be used in the same manner as something else
correspondingly, conversely, mutually
in a manner that holds attention
fascinatingly, appealingly, strikingly
stopping and starting at intervals
occasionally, periodically, sporadically
with reference to the inner surface or structure of something
inside, privately, inwardly
among many different nations
worldly, globally, universally
something done with great familiarity
closely, informally, personally
something extremely detailed
complexly, convolutedly, trickily
something associated with a person or thing's nature or inherent characteristics
basically, centrally, materially
done with skill, but without special training
instinctively, naturally, ostensibly
every time; always
endlessly, perpetually, regularly
toward the inside
in a way that is directly opposite to what is expected
humorously, jokingly, amusingly
something that is done in such a way that it cannot be undone
finally, certainly, completely
For even more adverbs from the rest of the alphabet, check out this List of 100 Adverbs!
Adverbs are helpful when we want to provide a little more information to a sentence. And, although they love to work with verbs, they can also team up with adjectives and other adverbs. A great way to spot adverbs is to look for words that end in -ly. Examples from the above list include "independently" and "intuitively."
We can get a little more specific than simply saying adverbs add intensity or emphasis to other words. Let's take a closer look at what, intrinsically, they aim to do:
- Adverbs Tell How It Happened: Adverbs like "incredibly" describe how something was done.
- Adverbs Tell Where It Happened: Adverbs like "inside" describe the location of where something happened.
- Adverbs Tell When It Happened: Adverbs like "instantly" describe when something took place.
- Adverbs Tell the Extent of an Action: Adverbs like "intermittently" describe the extent to which something did or did not happen.
For more on how adverbs work to intensify the meaning behind other words, check out these Examples of Adverbs.
Let's look at 10 of the above I-adverbs hard at work in sentence form:
- He illegally parked his motorcycle.
- I'm not a mind reader, so you can't speak implicitly about things I don't understand.
- She passed the exam, most impossibly.
- He inadvertently left the backpack at home.
- Denise moved to Pakistan indefinitely.
- He inexplicably solved the puzzle.
- Intellectually, she understood the conundrum.
- Mitchell explained the tall tale interestingly.
- I could not intuitively discern his meaning.
- She irrevocably turned her back on him.
Adverbs make wonderful - though intermittent - additions to our writing. We should use them, but with caution. If we pair up our verbs with too many -ly words, things will soon become clunky.
Adding adverbs intermittently to our writing, however, will make interesting additions to your writing. And, while you're exploring I-adverbs, why not dabble in some I-adjectives? As your adverbs dress up your nouns, so, too, can your adjectives dress up your nouns.