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Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using words classed as Adverbs.

Adverbs include words such as:

Ago, before, down, easily, fast, how, not, often, there, up, why.

An Adverb qualifies a Verb or a Verb Phrase, adding further information on it. For example:

• She was nearly fainting.
Jane Austen

Adverbs are of three main types: Adverbs of Manner, of Time, and of Place. For example:

Not a syllable passed aloud.
• “I wish they were here now.”
Jane Austen

Adverbs are often used for framing questions about manner (how? and why?), time (when?) and place (where?).

• “But why were you not there, Edward?”
• “How much you must have gone through!”
• “Where did you get that quiz of a hat?”
Jane Austen


“You must write again very soon.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


Evidently Biddy had taught Joe to write.

From ‘Great Expectations’, by Charles Dickens.


The voice of calumny is never silent.

From ‘A Damsel in Distress’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


Well, I ’ll refresh your memory.”

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


The clock ticked on through the silence.

From ‘Jill the Reckless’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


“I could not even see where you were.”

From ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Jane Austen.


I was often out in cold, rain, and sleet.

From ‘Great Expectations’, by Charles Dickens.


His torch dropped head downwards and went out!

From ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R. Tolkien.


“He had always a taste for low company.”

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


“There’s been too much blabbing already.”

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.


I could scarcely see my way down the ladder.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


Now I’m going out to shop for mother.”

From ‘The Cat and Fiddle Book’, by Lady Florence Bell.


It was too pleasing a blunder for a reproach.

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.


The apology was more unendurable than the insult.

From ‘The Moonstone’, by Wilkie Collins.


“Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


He scuttled across the room rather like a rabbit.

From ‘The Wisdom of Father Brown’, by G. K. Chesterton.


“Mrs Phillips was always glad to see her nieces.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


I allowed Adèle to sit up much later than usual.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


She was pretty tooat least I thought so then.

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


“Emma knows I never flatter her,” said Mr Knightley.

From ‘Emma’, by Jane Austen.

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“Yet I could not live alone; so I tried the companionship of mistresses.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

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