TOEIC Test – 600 Essential Words: Part 6 Adverbs

The answer to How? Why? Where? & When? is an ADVERB. Adverbs add information about verbs. Adverbs also add information about adjectives and adverbs.

  • Some of the following adverbs are rarely used. I have marked * those that are more commonly used as adjectives. For example, flexible is more common than flexibly.
  • Where the adverbs are used to describe adjectives, I have included a question about the adjective in the third column. Some of the adjectives are Past Participles in Passive Voice sentences, which I have underlined.
  • I have provided the answer to the Wh… questions for just the first four entries. You provide the answers to the other questions.
  • Adverbs that end in the letters … LY usually answer  How …  questions.
accurately The report accurately details the differences in benefits. Q: How does it describe the differences? A:Accurately.
annually This company spends $2 million annually in recycling. When? / How often? Annually.
as needed Additional staff will be employed as needed. When? / How often? As needed.
automatically Hard work and company loyalty do not automatically result in a promotion. How? Automatically.
casually The apprentice casually approached the supervisor. How?
cautiously The apprentice chef cautiously opened the oven. How?
commonly It is commonly believed that real estate is a sound investment. How much?
constantly The stock market is constantly changing. How often?
currently Television Model #390B is currently unavailable. When?
daringly Everyone was surprised when the boss daringly suggested a staff weekend retreat. How?
delicately Vikram inquired delicately about his assistant’s health. How?
essentially The characteristics of good management are essentially the same. The same? How?
* flexibly The directions for the use of products are often flexibly interpreted. Interpreted?How?
frequently The Swiss franc is a frequently traded currency. Traded? How often?
ideally His experience made him ideally suited for the job. Suited? How?
*inconsiderately He is so thoughtless! He treats people so inconsiderately. How?
nervously Carlos nervously proposed his new staffing structure. How?


He obviously  enjoys his new job.


periodically The customer contact list is updated periodically. Updated?

How often?

physically A nurse’s job is physically demanding. Demanding? How?
primarily The iphone6 is designed primarily for people who want to take high quality photos and make videos. Designed?


* profitably We are all keen to invest our savings profitably. How?
promptly Please forward all necessary details promptly. How?
punctually Our meetings start punctually at 9:00am every Monday. When?
regularly The academic managers meet regularly. When?
relatively Their meetings are relatively short compared to ours. Short? How?
separately Academic and administrative issues are dealt with separately. Dealt with?


strictly The no-smoking policy is strictly enforced. Enforced?


substantially The number of workplace accidents has been substantially reduced since the introduction of the new safety policy. Reduced?

How much?

sufficiently The tradesmen were sufficiently informed of their responsibilities. Informed?

How much?

systematically The new CEO systematically examined all departments of the business. How?
technically Fortunately, we have a technically advanced team. Advanced? How?
typically The venue for the staff Christmas party was typically impressive. Impressive? How?
uniformly Water coolers are uniformly spaced along the passages. Spaced? How?
usually We usually take a coffee break at 10:00am. When?
verbally The drug addict verbally and physically attacked the paramedic who was trying to help him. How?
* weakly Sally smiled weakly when her boss informed her of an unwanted promotion. How?
wisely She wisely kept her feelings to herself. How?

I have listed  other words from the TOEIC Test – 600 Essential Words on earlier posts:
2) NOUNS & VERBS which have the same form/spelling;


For practice, click on TOEIC Error Recognition Tests.

Click here for TOEIC Test – 600 Essential Words: Part 1

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