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Unit 9.1

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 always comes after a verb and can be used with words like very or too.

Common adverbs of manner are as follows:

Bad Badly
Exact Exactly
Loud Loudly
Nice Nicely
Polite Politely

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

Fast Fast
Good Well
Hard Hard
Late Late
Straight Straight
  • He was very badly hurt in the accident.
  • She didn’t know exactly what happened.
  • She told them that she had headache but they continued talking too loudly.
  • She combed her hair nicely.
  • She went to the Social Welfare and asked politely for help.
  • He answered my question late.
  • You said it well.

Adverbs of manner are used to tell us the way or how something is done.

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 structure for regular adverbs of manner are as follows:
Adjective + -ly.

Some adverbs of manner are irregular, they maintain the same formula of Adjectives.

For example:
— “He quickly kissed the girl on the cheek.
— “He very quickly kissed the girl on the cheek.
— “Walk straight, Chinese restaurant is there.

With the adverbs of manner we emphasize how the action is done.

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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