Identify the type of adverb used in the sentence: I have spoken to him already. a) Adverb of time b) Adverb of manner c) Adverb of place d) Adverb of frequency
Hint: An adverb is the word class that qualifies verbs or clauses. It is a word that modifies something other than a noun. For example- soundly.
Complete answer: Let us analyze the options given to us in this question:
Option (a.), 'adverb of time', refers to an adverb that describes a word that describes when, for how long, or how often a certain action happened. For example- ago, still, soon. So, the correct answer is “Option a” as ‘already’ hints at the time of speaking thus giving us a sense of time.
Option (b.), ‘adverb of manner', refers to an adverb that tells how something is done. For example- quickly. Therefore, option (b.) is incorrect as ‘already’ is thus not an adverb of manner.
Option (c.), ‘adverb of place', refers to an adverb that always talks about location. For example- nearby. Therefore, option (c.) is incorrect as ‘already’ is not an adverb of place.
Option (d.), ‘adverb of frequency', refers to an adverb that tells us how often something happens. For example- usually. Therefore, option (d.) is incorrect as ‘already’ is clearly not an adverb of place.
Note: In this type of question, the student must be well versed in the types of adverbs. Apart from the given categories in the question, there is another type- adverb of degree. An adverb of degree specifies degree. For example- highly, quite, etc.