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Unit 9.1

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs

Adverbs are expressions that function as modifiers of other elements in the clause. They can provide a wide range of information.

Adverbs of manner are used to provide information about the way (how) something is done.

Adverbs of manner always come after a verb and can be used after words like very or too.

Regular

In most cases we obtain the adverb of manner by adding -ly to the adjective, for example:

ADJECTIVEADVERB
badbadly
exactexactly
loudloudly
nicenicely
politepolitely

Irregular

Some of them are irregular and don’t follow the same rule or simply maintain the same form of the adjective, for example:

ADJECTIVEADVERB
fastfast
goodwell
hardhard
latelate
straightstraight

Regular

  • He was very badly hurt in the accident.
  • She didn’t know exactly what happened.
  • She told them that she had a headache but they continued talking too loudly.
  • She combed her hair nicely.
  • She went to the Social Welfare and asked politely for help.

Irregular

  • He put orange juice in the fridge fast.
  • You said it well.
  • This job is so hard, I need a drink.
  • He answered my question late.
  • Hold the bottle straight.

Adverbs of manner are used to express the way or how something happens or is done. They can be used with:

  • Very: to add emphasis to adjectives and adverbs that are able to be graded.
  • Too: to mean more than wanted, more than necessary or more than enough.

Adverbs of manner give information about the way (how) something is done, and they emphasise the action. They always come after a verb.

They are formed by adding -ly to the adjective (badly, exactly, loudly, nicely, politely…).

For example:
“Quick” ⇒ “He quickly kissed the girl on the cheek.” / “He very quickly kissed the girl on the cheek.” = We add -ly, and very to add extra emphasis to the action;

Some adverbs of manner are irregular and maintain the same form as adjectives (fast, well, hard, late, straight…).

For example:
“Straight” ⇒ “Walk straight, the Chinese restaurant is there.” = Straight remains the same.

NOTE: They can be used after words like very or too.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. And take a look to the [Examples] that show its use within a context.

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