Many adverbs start with the letter F, even though it is not the most popular for these verb conjunctions.
Adverbs modify the word they stand against and the sentence meaning better.
They can stand with adjectives, verbs, or other adverbs.
But we will focus on those who start with this letter and provide examples for each.
The focus of this article will be on the most common “F” adverbs, as well as their explanations.
The Most Common Adverbs That Start with the Letter F
The adverb fairly gives meaning to an action, person, or decision executed in a justified and impartial way without ill intentions.
For example, we can say:
“The cake was cut fairly.” which means that the cake was cut in equal pieces for everyone to share.
“I do my best to treat all my patients fairly.”
“Jacob was angry at Dennis because she did not treat him fairly during their relationship.”
Some dictionaries provide accurate synonyms for this adverb, starting with suitably, distinctly, moderately, legitimately, and justly.
Another way to properly use the adverb is an old-fashioned way of emphasizing something extremely.
“She fairly screamed at me.” or “He’s fairly tall.”
In this case, we put the adverb fairly before adjectives to further explain their meanings.
The adverb fairly can highlight the word it stands in front of and elevate its meaning in a more literary way.
If we wish to explain something that is not quite prominent or voluminous, we use the adverb faintly.
“She smiled faintly.” or “There was something faintly familiar in her words.”
“You could see her face faintly through the veil.”
Instead of using very, we can say faintly when adding emphasis to an adjective or another adverb:
“Were you faintly a bright student at school?”
“You’ve got to be faintly positive about it.”
When paired with a noun, faintly explains the degree or extent of something occurring.
“His breath smelled faintly of smoke.” or “She seemed faintly embarrassed to see us there.” – Meaning it is not too obvious that something is happening, but it is sufficiently doubtful to be cautious.
One of the more common adverbs starting with the letter F is familiarly, an adverb used for something, or someone well known to people.
“Elephant’s nose, or more familiarly, trunk, is approximately 17 inches long.”
This conjunction is the more informal use of the adverb.
This adverb gives a personal note to the relationship between two or more people.
“She stretched her arm and tapped him on the nose familiarly.”
But it can be used when presenting or recognizing something we have previously seen, met, heard, known about, etc.
“The show keeps the focus on the characters we all know familiarly.”
When we indicate someone or something falsely, we paint them as deceitful people without traces of truth.
“She falsely claimed that she did not cheat on her test.”
“Jeremy tends to adopt a falsely cheerful tone when lying.”
In this way, the adverb falsely deters from the truth and focuses on something that is not sincere and true.
Falsely is also used to explain dishonest or fake situations, people, and scenarios.
The word falsely has a Latin root meaning “deceptive, deceitful, or pretend.”
Contrary to the previous adverb, we use the adverb fantastically to explain something extraordinarily well.
“Every single student finished their work fantastically.”
“He painted fantastically with everything he has got.”
We can also use amazingly, remarkably, strikingly, astonishingly, and exceptionally as synonyms.
The adverb fantastically can be used to explain someone or something more extreme.
“She wears fantastically expensive shoes. I cannot believe she can afford them.”
“The number of amateur actors has grown fantastically.”
Writers use this adverb often in children’s literary and superhero graphic novels.
The word fast can be an adjective, as well as an adverb, depending on the sentence structure.
When used as an adjective, it usually stands before a noun:
“A fast and powerful car.”
Instead of fast, the speaker could use quick, swift, or rapid as synonyms, but fast is the most common form.
Regarding the adverb use, fast stands with a verb, providing a more narrow explanation of the situation.
“He was driving too fast.”
“Hold fast!” or “She was fast asleep before we returned home.”
In this case, the adverb fast does not explain the speed of something or someone but rather a phrase for something quick.
The person does not hold fast in a timely matter but firmly and tightly. And she is fast asleep, meaning she is sleeping deeply.
“Bad events followed fast once the silence broke.”
Another amusing adverb is figuratively, which we use to indicate a departure from the literal meaning of words.
“We left our boss figuratively in the dark.”
This adverb gives the sentence a metaphorical meaning. The workers did not leave their boss in the dark literally but figuratively – they contained some information from him, leaving him in the unknown.
“I think you should get back into the saddle – figuratively speaking.”
This person does not mean that their friend should saddle a horse, but get back into whatever they are not a part of anymore.
The usage of the adverb figuratively is valid as long as we are talking about something symbolic and metaphorical.
“Figuratively speaking, I was in the prison of my mind.”
We use the adverb fluently to describe someone’s ability to speak a language or read easily and quickly.
“She spoke Italian fluently.” or “We expect the students to read fluently in Spanish.”
Maybe Italian is not her first language, but the girl learned it enough to speak it well, even with native speakers.
Fluently also explains how somebody moves without any mistakes, breaks, or visible nervousness.
“The dancers moved fluently across the dance floor.”
“She moved the cup fluently from one hand to another.”
The word forever might not sound like an adverb, but we can explain an endless amount of time by the proper use. Eternally, endlessly, and even everlastingly are common synonyms.
“I will love you forever.”
In this example, we can see that the feeling of love will always exist, but if we wish to draw the line of how long something can last, we can say:
“No one will live forever.” or “You cannot escape the truth forever.”
This example shows that people cannot live until the world ends, no matter when that might be.
In the more informal sense, the adverb is used as a progressive tense to say that somebody does something very often or often enough to annoy other people.
“She has been going forever about that movie. I do not even want to see it anymore.”
The girl in question has been talking about her favorite movie long enough for people to lose interest and get bored.
Other Adverbs Starting with the Letter F