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Some common adverbs - Easy Learning Grammar French

  • Here are some common adverbs that do not end in -ment:
alorsthen, so, at that time
aprèsafterwards
après-demainthe day after tomorrow
aujourd’huitoday
assezenough, quite
aussialso, too, as
avant-hierthe day before yesterday
beaucoupa lot, much
bientôtsoon
cependanthowever
dedansinside
dehorsoutside
déjàalready, before
demaintomorrow
depuissince
derrièrebehind
devantin front
encorestill, even, again
enfinat last
ensembletogether
ensuitethen
environabout
hieryesterday
icihere
jamaisnever, ever
Tipjamais can sometimes be used without ne to mean never or ever.
‘Est-ce que tu vas souvent au cinéma?’ – ‘Non, jamais.’‘Do you go to the cinema a lot?’ – ‘No, never.’
As-tu jamais revu ton père?Did you ever see your father again?
  • For more information on Negatives, see Negatives.
there, here
là-basover there
loinfar, far off, a long time ago
longtempsa long time
maintenantnow, nowadays
mêmeeven
moinsless
where
parfoissometimes
partouteverywhere
peunot much, not very
TipBe careful not to confuse peu, which means not much or not very, with un peu, which means a little or a bit.
Il voyage peu.He doesn’t travel much.
Elle est un peu timide.She’s a bit shy.
peut-êtreperhaps
plusmore
presquenearly
puisthen
quelquefoissometimes
siso
soudainsuddenly
souventoften
surtoutespecially, above all
tardlate
tôtearly
toujoursalways, still
toutall, very
trèsvery
troptoo much, too
vitequick, fast, soon
Tipvite and rapide can both mean fast or quick. Remember, though, that vite is an adverb and rapide is an adjective.
une voiture rapidea fast car
Il roule trop vite.He drives too fast.
  • Some of the adverbs listed on Some common adverbs can be followed by de and used in front of a noun to talk about quantities or numbers of things or people:
  • assez de enough
Nous n’avons pas assez de temps.We don’t have enough time.
  • beaucoup de a lot of
Elle fait beaucoup de fautes.She makes a lot of mistakes.
  • trop de too much, too many
J’ai mangé trop de fromage.I’ve eaten too much cheese.
  • Several of the adverbs listed on Some common adverbs can also be used as prepositions: après, avant, devant, derrière and depuis.
  • The question words combien (meaning how much, how many), comment (meaning how), pourquoi (meaning why) and quand (meaning when) are described on Question words.
  • pas, plus and jamais are used in negative word pairs.
  • For more information on Negatives, see Negatives.
Key points
  • Many very common adverbs do not end in -ment. They are worth learning.
  • Several adverbs can be followed by de + noun and used to talk about quantities and numbers.

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