Languages › French French Adverbs ~ Les Adverbes Introduction to French Adverbs Share Flipboard Email Print "Nous avons bien mangé." (We ate well.). PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini/Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By Staff Author 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 Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Author, Staff. "French Adverbs ~ Les Adverbes." ThoughtCo, May. 12, 2021, thoughtco.com/introduction-to-french-adverbs-1368802. Author, Staff. (2021, May 12). French Adverbs ~ Les Adverbes. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/introduction-to-french-adverbs-1368802 Author, Staff. "French Adverbs ~ Les Adverbes." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/introduction-to-french-adverbs-1368802 (accessed July 23, 2021). copy citation How and When to Use French Adverbs French Superlative Adverbs - Adverbes Superlatifs Learn to Use the French Word 'Tout' and Its Variations Learn French Adverbs Describing the Manner of an Event How to Use the French Adverb 'd'Abord' ('First, to Begin With') French Adverbs: Encore vs. Toujours Le Participe Présent Mauvais vs. Mal French Comparative Adverbs: How They're Formed French Vocabulary Lesson: Quantities, Weights, and Measures French Idiomatic Expressions with 'Mal' Correctly Use the Confusing French Pairs Bon vs. Bien How to Pronounce the French Adverb Plus French Negative Adjectives All the Pretty Colors: French Adjectives of Color How to Use the Common French Expression 'Tout à l'heure'