Uses of Advebs

Very (not much) is used before present participle (verb + ing)
When Pleased is used for glad/happy then we use ‘very’.
Ex: She was very pleased to see her beloved. (Correct)
She was much pleased to see her beloved. (Incorrect)

He is the very tallest boy. Correct
He is much the tallest boy. Correct

Note: Too much is not used before adjective while much too is used.
Much too is not used before noun while too much is used

‘Yet’ is used in present or present perfect tense while it is not used in Past Tense

Prepositions (like before, at, in, since etc.) is not used before Time expressing words + ago

The accident happened at ten years ago. Incorrect
The accident happened ten years ago. Correct

I came to Delhi in two years ago. Incorrect
I came to Delhi two years ago. Correct

After Ago ‘that’ is used, after Ago ‘since’ not used

Recently —- Present perfect tense and Simple Past tense
Lately —- Present perfect tense (interrogative and negative sentence)

Mostly is not used before all, every, everyone,… etc
Almost/nearly is used before all, every, everyone,.. etc

Justly is used for “In accordance with justice or the law”
Ex: He was justly punished for his crimes.

Hotly, Coldly —– bad sense
Warmly, Cooly —— good sense

If ever / or never may be used after Seldom
If never / or ever cannot be used after Seldom

Present is not used before adverb of manner.
He wanted to live in peacefully. Incorrect
He wanted to live peacefully. Correct

She tried to solve the sum with carefully. Incorrect
She tried to solve the sum carefully. Correct

In or In the is not used before Next/last + week/month/year.
However, Prepositions like Since, from, before, after and by are used accordingly.
Aditi came here in last month. Incorrect
Aditi came here in the last month. Correct

His grandmother died in last year. Incorrect
His grandmother died in the last year. Incorrect
His grandmother died last year. Correct

Awadesh has been ill since last year. Correct
Awadesh has been ill last year. Incorrect
She will come to attend the meeting from next month. Correct
She will come to attend the meeting next month. Incorrect

On preposition is not used before Next/last + Monday/Tuesday … etc However, On preposition is used before Monday, Tuesday… etc or Monday/Tuesday… + next/last.
Rakesh left for Mumbai on last Monday. Incorrect
Rakesh left for Mumbai last Monday. Correct

He will return from Varanasi on next Sunday. Incorrect
He will return from Varanasi next Sunday. Correct

Rakesh left for Mumbai on Monday. Correct
She will go there on Tuesday. Correct
Vikas will return from Vijaynagar on Sunday next.
He left for Delhi on Monday last. Correct
He left for Delhi Monday last. Incorrect

On preposition are not used before adverb of time like Today, yesterday, tomorrow, the day before yesterday, the day after tomorrow.
Are you coming here on today? Incorrect
Are you coming here today? Correct

He went there on yesterday. Incorrect
He went there yesterday. Correct

He will go there on tomorrow. Incorrect
He will go there tomorrow. Correct

Double negative words or phrases are not used
I cannot do no work. Incorrect
I cannot do any work. Correct

She forbade me not to go there. Incorrect
She forbade me to go there. Correct
Sometimes to emphasis any sentence we use Adverb and Adverb phrases in starting of the sentence, in this case verb is used before subject this is called Inversion.

Inversion is used if a Sentence start with No sooner / hardly / Scarcely / seldom /never

Inversion is used if a sentence starts with Only + Adverb/Adverb phrase

Inversion can also be used for Place expressing Adverbial phrases like on a hill, round the corner, in the valley, under the table, outside the gate, Along the northern frontier, along the southern frontier, ten miles beyond the school, under the tree, on the bed, nowhere else.
For above Place expressing adverbial phrases do/does/did are not used.

Under the table is lying a cat. Correct
Round the corner went Aditya. Correct
Round the corner did Aditya go. Incorrect

Present/Past unfulfilled wish/desire, condition is expressed using ‘if’, then Inversion is not used.
Were I a bird, I would fly in the sky.
If I were a bird, I would fly in the sky.

Inversion is used when Adverbs of place like here, there, away, out, up, indoors, outdoors are used in starting of a sentence.
If subject is noun then main verb is used before noun
If subject is pronoun then main verb is used after pronoun

Away went Aditi. Away she went.
There goes Prashant. There he goes
In Direct speech
In case of noun inversion is used
In case of pronoun inversion is not used

“Let me go out” said Alok. Correct
“Please lend me your book” he said. Correct

He is too glad to meet you. Use very instead of too (too- negative, very- positive)
Peace is too kind for man. Use very instead of too
It is very hot to play cricket. Use too instead of very (too- negative, very- positive)
The rabbit runs enough fast to win the race. Use fast enough instead of enough fast
Aditya has acted enough boldly to deserve praise. Use boldly enough instead of enough boldly
When his dearest wife died, he was little sorry. Use a little instead of little
When Aman felt little hungry and thirsty, he cried for help. Use a little
He is very more intelligent than Rahul. Use much instead of very
Krish is much very stronger Ashish. Use very much stronger than (very can be used when more is not used)
He is very the best player in his cricket team. Use the very best
You talk very but do nothing. Use much instead of very
He is very obliged to you. Use much instead of very
That new was much distressing. Use very instead of much
This sum is much difficult but that is much easy. Use very difficult, very easy
He is very interested in your story. Use much instead of very
It gives much too pain. Use too much
It is too much painful. Use much too
My sister-in-law will be too only glad to see me. Use only too instead of too only
He is present a teacher. Use presently instead of present
Rahul wants to stand first in the Board Examination and so he works hardly. Use hard instead of hardly
Mr. Mishra has gone presently. Use just now instead of presently
Presently Raman is a sales representative. Use At present instead of presently
As the accountant came lately, he was punished. Use late instead of lately
It was only five years ago since he left this job. Use that instead of since
He never ago saw such a bad man. Use before instead of ago
He does cheerfully his duties. Use his duties cheerfully or cheerfully does his duties
She can only pass when she works hard. Use she can pass only when
We can almost get everything in the black market. Use we can get almost everything
We must work with honestly and sincerely. Use work with honesty and sincerity or work honestly and sincerely
With most humbly and respectfully I beg to state. Use Most humbly and respectfully I beg to state
He worked in all night. Remove in
He will come on next Monday. Remove on
He will come Sunday. Use on Sunday
Mr. Thakur writes with patiently and confidently. Use writes patiently and confidently or writes with patience and confidence
He goes to home everyday. Remove to (when home is used as adverb of place then to is not used before it)
You hardly do no work. Use ‘any’ instead of ‘no’
He came here on yesterday. Remove on
He prevented me from not going there. Remove not
I forbade her not to enter this room. Remove not
My daughter writes too neatly and spells too accurately. Use very neatly, very accurately
Tendulkar was so young when he started playing international cricket. Use very instead of so
Two hours have elapsed since he had fallen asleep. Use fell instead of fallen
I first read these rules in 1993 and have remembered it since ever. Use ever since
I have received no letter, neither from him nor from her. Use either and or instead of neither and nor respectively
I am not by no means as clever as he is. Remove not
The rain sudden began to fall. Use suddenly instead of sudden
He goes to the cinema off and on. Use now and then instead of ‘off and on’
(Now and then – occasionally
Off and on – irregularly)
She has been learning English now and then. Use off and on instead of now and then
Your brother recovered his health by and by. Use gradually instead of by and by
He will, of course, come here tomorrow. Use certainly instead of ‘of course’
Did she go there? Of course she did. Use certainly instead of ‘of course’
She lost her daughter and certainly she felt much grieved. Use and, of course, she felt
Blankets have been distributed freely among the poor. Use free instead of freely
He returned back while I was away from home. Use ‘came’ instead of ‘returned’ or remove ‘back’
He has come here immediately. Use ‘he has just come here’.
He went directly to Patna. Use direct instead of directly
He was direct at a fault. Use directly instead of direct
He sought for his missing brother far and away. Use far and wide/ far and near
How much late were you? Use later instead of late or ‘how late were you?
She did not come back timely? Use in time instead of timely
I am comparatively better today. Use well instead of better
She behaved cowardly before the headmaster. Use cowardly manner
Please kindly help her in her work. Remove please or kindly

I came directly to my residence from the airport. Went straight
She does not hardly know what happened yesterday. Remove not
It was most unfortunate that he died at the early age of 41. Remove early (unnecessary)
In the last week I told him to come in time but he still comes late everyday. Remove ‘in the’
The real important thing of our life is our livelihood which discriminates us from animals. Use really instead of real
She is too much beautiful so most of the boys run after her and want to influence her. Use very instead of too much
Whenever is the matter I shall do this work because I have to expose my working capacity at any cost. Use whatever instead of whenever
The culprits of the bomb explosion have not yet been discovered. Use have not been discovered yet.
Whatever work that which you undertake put your best efforts in it. Remove that which (whatever k baad that, which or that which are not used)
Your scooter would not have given you so much trouble if you had maintained it proper. Use properly instead of proper
The taxi driver who had come to receive us at the airport was speaking fluently French. Use French fluently
She fluently speaks English. Correct
Whenever you speak take care that others are not hurt by your words. Correct
I was delighted to see him fully recover. Use ‘fully recovered’ instead of ‘fully recover’
The observers feel that the stronger team has to face defeat because the players don’t play whole hearted. Use heartedly instead of hearted
Although he is usually rude with everyone he behaved nice with all of us today. Use nicely instead of nice
He ran so fastly that he reached the destination in just two minutes. Use fast instead of fastly
In spite of toiling very hardly he realized that he had not earned anything substantial. Use hard instead of hardly
We were very much carefully in our approach and hence we would complete the complicated task. Use careful instead of carefully
Hard had he thrown the ball when it fell on the ground. Use hardly instead of hard
We are confident enough to earn our livelihood by toiling hardly. Use hard instead of hardly
All said and done it is the basic values that are most importance and help you in the long run. Use important instead of importance
She was so emotional stable that she was not moved by their decision to suspend her. Use emotionally instead of emotional
The villagers fled away their houses when they saw the flood water rising. Remove away (fled means run away)
This machine looks good but is very badly designed and does not work good. Use well instead of good
Vikas has been writing that essay for two hours but he still has not finished. Use he has not finished yet (still + and yet -)
He is sure to succeed because he is used to working very hardly. Use hard instead hardly
All of them work very careful right from the beginning till they finish. Use carefully instead of careful
He has been working with me for the last ten years but I cannot claim that I have underfood him thorough. Use thoroughly instead of thorough
He was looking impatient at the unwanted visitor who showed no signs of leaving the room. Use impatiently instead of impatient
The old man continued living a hard life but never he asked for any help from neighbours. Use he never asked (never, seldom, always etc are used before main verb and after auxiliary verb)
Ajay is the most succeeded for all the businessmen in this city today. Use successful instead of succeeded
Some people get used to change very easily than others do. Use more instead of very