Adverbs – Manner


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).

For example:
— “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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