Adverbs are expressions that function as modifiers of other elements of the clause. They can provide a wide range of information.
Those used to provide information about the way (how) something is done are called Adverbs of Manner.
Adverbs of manner usually have this structure:
Adjective + -ly
badly, politely, happily, nicely, quickly, loudly, exactly, truly, gently
Some of them are irregular and don’t follow the same rule or simply maintain the same form of the adjective, for example:
- Good > well;
- Hard > hard;
- Fast > fast;
- Straight > straight;
- Late > late.
- He was badly hurt in the accident.
- She went to the Social Welfare and asked politely for help.
- The kids were walking happily.
- She combed her hair nicely.
- Let’s listen to it quickly!
- She told them that she had headache but they continued talking loudly.
- She didn’t know exactly what happened.
- I am truly in love with long hair.
- I brush my teeth gently because my teeth are sensitive.
Adverbs of Manner are used to tell us the way or how something is done.
Always come after a verb and can be used with words like very or too.
Adverbs are important as they modify other elements in a sentence. Adverbs can give information about the way (how) something is done and these are called Adverbs of Manner.
The main Adverbs of Manner are when we use the structure:
Adjective + -ly (e.g badly).
— “He quickly kissed the girl on the cheek.” = It explains how the action is done.
— “I happily gave him the good news.” = It explains how the action is done.
NOTE: Some Adverbs of Manner are irregular (e.g. well, hard, fast, straight, late).
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