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Words: Adverbs

  1. Basic
  2. Degree
  3. Frequency
  4. Time
  5. Modality
  6. Quantity

Basic

yá̲ 普also, too
dōu 粤also, too
dōuall
only, just
淨係ji̲ng.ha̲i 粤only, just
wà̲an 普still, yet
ju̲ng 粤still, yet
joiagain (imperfect/future)
不再bāt.joi 普not anymore, no longer
唔再m̲̀.joi 粤not anymore, no longer
ya̲uagain (perfect/past)
ja̲uat once, just, only, already
chò̲inot until
已經yí̲.gīngalready

Degree

非常fēi.sè̲ungextremely
…極了gi̲k lí̲u 普extremely
…極喇gi̲k la 粤extremely
…死了séi lí̲u 普... to death
…到死dou séi 粤... to death
太…了taai ... lí̲u 普too
太…喇taai ... la 粤too
chīusuper, exceed
gau... enough
jān(.dīk) 普really
真係jān.ha̲i 粤really
tí̲ng 普quite, pretty
géi 粤quite, pretty
hán 普very
hóuvery
有點yá̲u.dím(.yì̲) 普a little
有啲yá̲u.dī 粤a little
少少síu.síu 粤a little

Frequency

永遠wí̲ng.yú̲nforever
總是júng.si̲ 普always
從來chù̲ng.lò̲i 普always
成日sè̲ng.ya̲t 粤always
一直yāt.ji̲kcontinuously
平時pì̲ng.sì̲usually
通常tūng.sè̲ungusually
經常gīng.sè̲ung 普often
常常sè̲ung.sè̲ung 普often
週時jāu.sì̲ 粤often
有時yáu.sì̲(.ha̲u)sometimes
偶爾ngá̲u.yí̲ 普occasionally
耐唔時no̲i.m̲̀.sì̲ 粤occasionally
間中gaan.jūng 粤occasionally
很少hán.síu 普seldom, rarely
好少hóu.síu 粤seldom, rarely
永不wí̲ng.bātnever
chù̲ng(.lò̲i).bāt 普never (imperfect/future)
chù̲ng(.lò̲i).mūt(.yá̲u) 普never (perfect/past)

Time

現在yi̲n.jo̲i 普now, at the moment
而家yì̲.gā 粤now, at the moment
馬上má̲.se̲ung 普at once, immediately
立即la̲ap.jīk 普at once, immediately
即刻jīk.hāk 粤at once, immediately
sīnfirst
以前yí̲.chì̲nearlier, previously
以後yí̲.ha̲ulater, afterwards
然後yì̲n.ha̲uthen, afterwards
那時ná̲.sì̲ 普then (past tense)
當時dōng.sì̲then (past tense)
嗰陣gó.ja̲n 粤then (past tense)
最近jeui.ga̲nrecently, soon
呢排nī.pà̲ai 粤recently
不久bāt.gáu 普soon
冇幾耐mó̲u.géi.no̲i 粤soon
jóuearly
má̲anlate
終於jūng.yūfinally, eventually
卒之jēut.jī 粤finally, eventually
突然da̲t.yì̲nsuddenly
忽然fāt.yì̲nsuddenly

Modality

一定yāt.di̲ngsurely, certainly
sa̲t 粤surely, certainly
當然dōng.yì̲n 普naturally, of course
梗係gáng.ha̲i 粤naturally, of course
其實kè̲i.sa̲tactually, in fact
原來yù̲n.lò̲ioriginally
可能hó.nà̲ngperhaps, maybe
都似dōu.chí̲ 粤perhaps, maybe
未必me̲i.bītimpropably, hardly
並不bi̲ng.bātnot at all
可惜hó.sīkunfortunately, sadly

Quantity

很少hán.síu 普little, few
好少hóu.síu 粤little, few
至少ji.síuat least
很多hán.dō 普many, much
好多hóu.dō 粤many, much
至多ji.dōat most
…多... dōmore than
差不多chā.bāt.dō 普almost, nearly
差唔多chā.m̲̀.dō 粤almost, nearly
幾乎gēi.fù̲almost, nearly
爭啲jāang.dī 粤almost, nearly
大概daai.koiapproximately
…左右... jó.ya̲u²approximately
約莫jeuk.mo̲k² 粤approximately
就是ja̲u.si̲ 普exactly
就係ja̲u.ha̲i 粤exactly
即係jīk.ha̲i 粤exactly