You might be unaware of how many adverbs we use in our speech every day.
Adverbs can modify and emphasize a verb, an adjective, or another adverb, depending on what you wish to express. Some of the adverbs begin with the letter H.
We wanted to focus on them and explain their meanings and usage through various examples.
The Most Common Adverbs That Start with the Letter H
The adverb habitually explains the way of a habit – whether someone does something as a habit or something is often repeated.
“She habitually carried a bottle of water.” or “It habitually rains in September.”
The girl did not carry her water bottle every time she left home, but she picked it up enough to make it a habit.
This behavior does not have to repeat every day or when the situation requires the repetition of the habit.
Some of the popular synonyms are commonly, usually.
This adverb explains behaviors that are established as a routine regularly. Those with a habit like this are not often aware of repeating the same behavior.
“He was a habitual liar.” or “He lied habitually.”
The adverb half is quite popular in everyday use, as we can express various things or half of them.
Half or halves in the plural explain something that is not complete or partial in the way we can acknowledge that a part is missing.
“The glass was half full.” or “The theater was not even half full.”
But this adverb explains even something we cannot see or measure with physical indicators.
“Mary was half Spanish and half Italian.”
We cannot see where Mary is from, but based on her heritage, we can address that she is not fully Spanish or Italian.
The rule is that an adverb half stands before an adverb, adjective, or preposition.
“I was only half awake when she came home.”
“He only half understood her speech.”
But the adverb can be used as a countable noun.
“Irene was talking well by the age of two and a half.”
When we add another half to the first one, we can explain the equal parts of something that can be divided or already is.
“It was divided half-and-half between the girls.”
Haphazard and haphazardly explains something done without care, messily, or in a hurry.
“Her shirt was upside down as if she put it on haphazardly.”
The girl put on her shirt in a hurry, and it did not look put together properly.
“The politics are so haphazard today.”
In this case, politics lack proper organization, and the disorganized and unplanned notion is obvious.
We use haphazard to explain someone who does something without proper order or plan, even before we can see the results.
“Adam tackled the equation in a typically haphazard manner.”
“The results were haphazardly announced.”
“His table is a haphazard mess of papers and books.” or “His table looks like a haphazardly-made mess of papers and books.”
The adverb happily is a modified version of the adjective happy, meaning someone has done something with feelings of happiness, delight, pleasure, or satisfaction.
“She happily took children to the park.” or “He was happily married with three children.”
Some synonyms often used are willingly, merrily, joyfully, blissfully, and every other adjective or adverb with a positive meaning.
We use happy when we are pleased about something happening or not happening.
“Happily, she was not injured in the crash.”
“I will happily explain this problem to you.”
The adverb happily also has a place in a romantic phrase, used to express wishes for happy couples getting married – especially as fairytale endings.
“They lived happily ever after.”
The adverb heatedly focuses on something being said or done negatively, with anger or excitement.
“They heatedly argued the whole floor could hear them.”
“You are a horrible person, Natasha said heatedly.”
Some often-used synonyms are angrily, furiously, livid, venomous, and wrathfully.
All these examples show the negative implications of someone’s anger towards the other person or the subject of the conversation.
But the adverb heatedly can have a positive, exciting example too.
“Lisa kissed Henry heatedly on the lips.” or “They kissed hurriedly in the heat of the moment.”
The adverbs hesitantly and hesitatingly are used to explain tentative, unsure behavior with hesitation or without deep thought and calculations.
The person’s behavior is not quick and reckless but nervous and with second thoughts.
“She approached her teacher hesitantly.”
“Eric hesitantly explained that he did not know where the stolen wallet was.”
The adverb is not limited to only people and their behaviors.
“Some of the papers, hesitantly or overtly, invoke interactions to motivate the properties of classifiers.”
When we say someone sounds hoarse, it is due to their hoarse or husky voice. We cannot see what is wrong with their voice, but we can hear it.
“She uttered the words hoarsely through her teeth.”
The girl in question probably had a deeper voice naturally or maybe a painful throat due to a cold which made her voice rough.
“‘Can you give me some water’ Jessica asked hoarsely.”
Adverbs hopefully and hopelessly are the two sides of the same medal.
Hopefully is used to say that someone has hope for something to work out in their favor or with a positive outcome.
“Am I healthy?’ she asked hopefully.” or “‘ Do you have some time?’ the student asked hopefully.”
The second most common use is at the beginning of the sentence to express what you would like to happen.
“Hopefully, we are not too late.”
“We will have enough time to check in before the rain, hopefully.”
Hopelessly, on the other hand, shows despair and loss of hope.
“She was hopelessly in love with him.”
The situation is beyond improvement, and the girl does not know what else to do.
“They were hopelessly lost.”
The adverb however is used to contrast something previously said.
It is used instead of using – on the other hand, but, yet, although, even so, no matter how, or any way.
“This is one of the solutions to the problem. However, it is not the only one.”
“There may, however, be other reasons for her leaving.”
In the following examples, we can see that despite (or whatever amount or degree) of something, the person still makes a different decision.
“However hungry I am, I never finish all my food.”
“If he likes something, he will buy it however much it costs.”
We can use however to emphasize that we are alright with something happening in whatever way:
“However you look at the situation, they still made a mess of the room.”
“We do not care. You can do it however you like.”
The adverb head-to-head explains how close the participants or the opposing sides came in a race or competition.
“The two athletes went head-to-head for the last trophy.”
In this case, the phrase neck-to-neck is also applicable.
“A head-to-head contest between the two opposing firms.”
“Stakes are higher than ever as the major companies go head-to-head in the dominating industry.”
Other Adverbs Starting with the Letter H