Adverbs work hard to provide more detail to verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Sometimes, you can spot them by their -ly ending, although they don't always end in -ly. Safely and seemingly are adverbs in the same way seldom or sometimes are adverbs. Together, let's smoothly dip our toes into the exciting waters of adverbs that start S.
Here's a list of 50 of the most common S-adverbs. Their definitions have been placed seamlessly beside them, along with a sampling of synonyms:
in a sorrowful way
regretfully, sorrowfully, unfortunately
in a manner without risk
securely, carefully, reliably
unlikely to be the case
barely, hardly, merely
with no apparent gaps between one part and the next
smoothly, continuously, evenly
in the second place
furthermore, also, besides
done in a hidden manner
covertly, privately, discreetly
in a manner that does not evoke fear or apprehension
safely, fearlessly, properly
according to the facts as one knows them
apparently, ostensibly, professedly
something that does not occur very often
infrequently, rarely, scarcely
in a manner that is not connected to anyone or anything
apart, respectively, individually
in a manner fraught with danger
dangerously, precariously, perilously
in a manner that is very serious, harsh, or critical
critically, harshly, firmly
abruptly, briefly, curtly
an important, sizeable, or meaningful way
importantly, sizeably, meaningfully
in a like style or manner
also, equally, likewise
absolutely; completely (used for emphasis)
clearly, frankly, honestly
going on at the same time
concurrently, synchronously, jointly
in a genuine manner
honestly, truthfully, earnestly
as a single, separate person or thing
individually, separately, alone
to a small degree or extent
hardly, marginally, superficially
at a slow pace; not quickly
leisurely, sluggishly, tardily
in a manner that is even, flat, and not rough
sleekly, placidly, evenly
the way or amount shown
accordingly, consequently, thus
in the company of others, especially for pleasure
politely, courteously, companionably
something done for only one reason
exclusively, purely, primarily
at some point in the future
eventually, sometime, subsequently
by some means
anyhow, anyway, unspecified
something that occurs every now and then
occasionally, periodically, sporadically
to some extent
approximately, considerably, partially
in, to, or at some place not known or specified
around, about, someplace
in the near future
expeditiously, imminently, shortly
for a special purpose or a specific person
particularly, uniquely, especially
in a way that is exact and clear
expressly, particularly, precisely
in a manner that is firm, constant, and free from change
regularly, uniformly, consecutively
calmly, impassively, quietly
in a straight line; not curly, wavy, or out of the way
continuously, directly, uninterruptedly
in a manner that will achieve a specific goal or plan
decisively, cleverly, diplomatically
in a manner that is precise and follows the rules
rigidly, rigorously, stringently
in a powerful manner
stoutly, vigorously, resolutely
after, consequently, later
to a great degree
extensively, considerably, largely
fortunately, triumphantly, victoriously
happening quickly, with little or no warning
abruptly, quickly, swiftly, unexpectedly
to an adequate degree
adequately, amply, enough
over a short period of time
promptly, readily, speedily
as to an outward appearance only; on the surface
apparently, seemingly, ostensibly
according to what is believed
seemingly, believably, apparently
certainly, definitely, absolutely
in a way that is unexpected or unusual
extraordinarily, remarkably, unexpectedly
in a fast manner
quickly, speedily, briskly
For more adverbs to add to your lexicon, take a look at this List of 100 Adverbs!
Did you spot the adverb there? We could've simply written, "What Is an Adverb?" in the heading. But, from time to time, adverbs can be used to provide more information about our verbs.
Although adverbs typically work alongside verbs, they're not strictly tied to them. They can also modify 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 "substantially" and "surprisingly."
Let's take a closer look at the role that adverbs can play in sentences:
- Adverbs Tell How It Happened: Adverbs like "sloppily" describe how something was done.
- Adverbs Tell Where It Happened: Adverbs like "somewhere" describe the location of where something happened.
- Adverbs Tell When It Happened: Adverbs like "suddenly" describe when something took place.
- Adverbs Tell the Extent of an Action: Adverbs like "so" 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.
Here are ten of the above S-adverbs hard at work in sentence form:
- Although he had started the race with everyone else, he sadly remained at the back of the pack.
- He brought her safely back to shore.
- Together, they seamlessly brought the injured pup back to life.
- He was significantly older than she was.
- They simultaneously pulled the desk and chair into the bedroom.
- She smoothly hefted the potted plant onto the desk.
- I'm somewhat curious as to her motives.
- The new parking regulations are being strictly enforced.
- She subsequently received a parking ticket.
- Her worry or fear over the incident was surprisingly absent.
As you successfully acquaint yourself with this part of speech, remember to be selective. Adverbs are meant to be used in moderation. Adding too many -ly words to your writing can become cumbersome and make it difficult for the reader to sail through your prose.
When possible, choose a notable, strong verb. For more on that, check out Strong Verbs and Weak Verbs: What's the Difference? From there, you'll be able to dabble in adverbs from time to time, in the midst of some seriously standout verbs.