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Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of Manner

What are the adverbs of manner?

What are the adverbs of manner? is a question that is often asked. To answer this question is simple. We use adverbs of manner to show the action of something or someone that how it happens. They tell the way how something happens.

  • He drove his car carefully.
  • Two of the players played well.
  • It is his good habit that he speaks softly.
  • She danced beautifully, but did not sing.
  • He told us clearly that he did not like soup.

What are adverbs of manner

Position of adverbs of manner

Where can we use adverbs of manner in a sentence? Adverbs of manner can be used before verb, after object, at the end, at the beginning of the clause, and after intransitive verbs. They can also be used between verb and preposition if we have verb + preposition.

Before verb

  • He greedily ate the cake.
  • She gently woke me today.
  • He bravely faced the tiger.

After object

  • He ate the cake greedily.
  • He waited for me patiently.
  • She wrote a letter carefully to her sister.

At the end

  • I asked him quietly.
  • He answered my question correctly.
  • They welcomed all the audience happily.

At the beginning

  • Quickly, he ran back to his room.
  • Unfortunately, we missed the bus.
  • Slowly, he opened his room’s door.

After intransitive verbs

  • She slept soundly.
  • She danced beautifully.
  • The bird flew smoothly.

Between verb and preposition

  • The man shouted angrily at his donkey.
  • He was so tired, so he went straight to bed.
  • They waited patiently for him at the airport.

Remember that when there is more than one verb in a sentence and the adverb is placed before or after the main verb, it modifies only that verb. on the other hand, when the adverb is placed after a clause, then it modifies the whole action described by the clause.

  • He asked me politely to leave the house.    The request is polite.
  • He asked me to leave the house politely.    The leaving is polite.

 

Forming adverbs of manner

It is easy to form adverbs of manner. Adverbs of manner are formed from adjectives, so there are some rules to form adverbs of manner from adjectives.

v To make adverbs of manner, we add the suffix “ly” to most of the adjectives.

Adjective

Adverb of manner

Slow

Slowly

Bright

Brightly

Quick

Quickly

Loud

Loudly

  • The tortoise always walks slowly.
  • The advancing car shone brightly.
  • Ali ran quickly, so he won the race.
  • She sang loudly so that everyone could listen.

v When the adjective end in C + Y, we change it into ‘I’ and add ‘LY’.

Adjective

Adverb of manner

Happy

Happily

Easy

Easily

Hungry

Hungrily

Busy

Busily

  • We received his invitation happily.
  • They solved the crossword puzzle easily.
  • He ate hungrily because he was so hungry.
  • They busily prepared all reports and submitted.

v If an adjective ends in ‘L’, we add ‘LY’ to form adverb from the adjective.

Adjective

Adverb of manner

Colorful

Colorfully

Abnormal

Abnormally

Skillful

Skillfully

Beautiful

Beautifully

  • She drew the sketch colorfully.
  • Tom was behaving abnormally.
  • The fire fighters rescued the child skillfully.
  • I like her dance because she dances beautifully.

v If an adjective ends in ‘LE’, we omit ‘E’ and add ‘Y’.

Adjective

Adverb of manner

Terrible

Terribly

Comfortable

Comfortably

Understandable

Understandably

Possible

Possibly

  • I slept terribly last night.
  • He sat comfortably in the chair.
  • She delivered her speech understandably.
  • They will possibly give us positive response.

v To form adverb from an adjective that ends in ‘IC’, then we add ‘ally’.

Adjective

Adverb of manner

Basic

Basically

Romantic

Romantically

Ironic

Ironically

Enthusiastic

Enthusiastically

  • They are basically from Colombia.
  • She felt romantically for her husband.
  • Ironically, they changed the old policies.
  • He enthusiastically took admission in computer science.

v If an adjective ends in ‘E’, sometimes the last ‘E’ is removed and ‘LY’ is added.

Adjective

Adverb of manner

Nice  

Nicely

True

Truly

Wise

Wisely

Sure

Surely

  • Their house was painted nicely.
  • Tom told truly each and everything.
  • They wisely solve the problem and buried the hatchet.
  • Surely, we were in danger because he drove so fast in the rain.

v There are some irregular adverbs. They are not formed by adding “LY”. They have their specific comparative degrees. You have to memorize them.

Adjective

Adverb of manner

Fast

Fast

Good

Well

High

High

late

Late

Hard

Hard

  • He ran fast.
  • She cooks well.
  • I can jump high.
  • We reached late to the class yesterday.
  • They worked hard, so they got the result.

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