Adverbs of manner

Discover adverbs of manner in English. Learn how to use them with videos, rules, exceptions and examples. Lastly, get better at using them with printable worksheets and test your preparation with three levels of interactive exercises!

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What are adverbs of manner?
Adverbs of manner are a type of adverbs, and tell us how something happens.

Here are some examples:

  • Beautifully
  • Happily
  • Well

 

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Adverbs of manner - Videos with examples

Watch the videos above, one has a slow voice speed and the other one has a faster speed. Listen to the dialogue and find out sentences with examples of adverbs of manner!

"LOX THE FOX RUNS FAST AND HAPPILY IN THE FOREST.

LOX WAS TERRIBLY SCARED OF SPIDERS,

BUT NOW LOX KNOWS THAT THEY ACT KINDLY."

How to form adverbs of manner + List of adverbs

Normally when it comes to forming this type of adverbs, we add LY at the end of the adjective: ADJECTIVE + LY.

Examples:

  • Quick → Quickly
  • Slow → Slowly
  • Cheap → Cheaply

 

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Exceptions to the basic rule

There are some exceptions to the basic rule used to form adverbs. Find them out here!

If the adjective ends in Y, replace the Y with I and add LY:

  • Easy → Easily
  • Happy → Happily
  • Heavy → Heavily

 

If the adjective ends in LE, replace the E with Y:

  • Gentle → Gently
  • Terrible → Terribly

 

If the adjective ends in vowel + L, double the L and add Y:

  • Careful → Carefully

 

Some adjectives don't change:

  • Fast
  • Hard
  • Little
  • Very much

 

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Adverbs of manner - Position in a sentence

The adverb is placed at the end of the sentence or after the verb TO BE.

For example:

  • She speaks perfectly.
  • Please, speak quietly!
  • I am terribly sorry.
  • He is probably from London.

 

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