Humanities › Languages French Adverbs ~ Les Adverbes Introduction to French Adverbs Share Flipboard Email Print "Nous avons bien mangé." (We ate well.). PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini/Getty Images Languages French Grammar Basics Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources for Teachers English as a Second Language Spanish German Italian Japanese Mandarin Russian English Grammar View More by ThoughtCo Updated January 31, 2018 An adverb, one of the eight parts of speech, is an invariable word that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. Adverbs provide information about the words they modify, such as when, where, how, how often, or to what degree something is done. See the list of some common French adverbs at the end of this lesson. Word Order with Adverbs In English, adverb placement can be arbitrary: some adverbs may be found in front of or after the verb, or even at the beginning or end of the sentence. This is not often the case in French, which has much stricter rules about placement. The following rules apply to the majority of situations, but there are exceptions. For detailed information, see my lesson on the placement of French adverbs.1. When a French adverb modifies a verb, it is placed after the conjugated verb. Nous avons bien mangé. We ate well. Je regarde souvent la télé le soir. I often watch TV in the evening. Often, I watch TV in the evening. I watch TV in the evening often. 2. When an adverb modifies an adjective or another adverb, it is placed in front of the word it is modifying. Je suis profondément ému. I am deeply moved. Nous avons très bien mangé. We ate very well. Common French Adverbs Nearly every French word that ends in -ment is an adverb, and its English equivalent almost always ends in -ly: généralement - generally. For more information, please see adverbs of manner. Here are some of the most common French adverbs: French English Type of adverb actuellement currently adverb of time assez quite, fairly adverb of quantity aujourd'hui today adverb of time aussi as comparative adverb beaucoup a lot adverb of quantity bien well adverb of manner bientôt soon adverb of time déjà already adverb of time demain tomorrow adverb of time enfin finally adverb of time ensuite next, then adverb of time heureusement fortunately adverb of manner hier yesterday adverb of time ici here adverb of place là there adverb of place là-bas over there adverb of place longtemps for a long time adverb of time maintenant now adverb of time mal poorly adverb of manner moins less comparative adverb parfois sometimes adverb of frequency partout everywhere adverb of place peu few, little adverb of quantity plus more, ___-er comparative adverb quelque part somewhere adverb of place rarement rarely adverb of frequency souvent often adverb of frequency tard late adverb of time tôt early adverb of time toujours always adverb of frequency très very adverb of quantity trop too much adverb of quantity vite quickly adverb of manner Continue Reading French Adverbs Are No Mystery: Here's How to Identify and Place Them How to Use the French Adverb 'd'Abord' ('First, to Begin With') French Grammar: Separating You 'Encore' From Your 'Toujours' French Superlative Adverbs - Adverbs Superlatifs Learn the French Adverbs of Manner What Are the Uses and Meaning of the French Adverb 'Comment'? Remember This Trick to Properly Pronounce the French Adverb Plus Learn French Adverbs of Quantity How Do You Form Negative Adverbs in French? All About Si - French Adverb or Conjunction Common Intermediate-Level French Mistakes How to Use the French Adverb 'Enfin' ('At Last, Finally') More Than, Less Than? Yup, These Are French Comparative Adverbs How to Use French Adverbs of Frequency How to Use the French Conditional Mood Is "Du Coup" an Adverb or Just Filler?