Adverbs of manner are usually formed from adjectives by adding –ly:

bad > badly; quiet > quietly; recent > recently; sudden > suddenly

but there are sometimes changes in spelling:

easy > easily; gentle > gently

If an adjective ends in –ly we use the phrase in a …. way to express manner:

Silly > He behaved in a silly way.
Friendly > She spoke in a friendly way.

A few adverbs of manner have the same form as the adjective:

They all worked hard.
She usually arrives late.
I hate driving fast.

Note: hardly and lately have different meanings:
He could hardly walk = It was difficult for him to walk.
I haven’t seen John lately = I haven’t seen John recently.

We often use phrases with like as adverbials of manner:

She slept like a baby.
He ran like a rabbit.


Adverbs of manner and link verbs

We very often use adverbials with like after link verbs:

Her hands felt like ice.
It smells like fresh bread.

But we do not use other adverbials of manner after link verbs. We use adjectives instead:

They looked happily happy.
That bread smells deliciously delicious.

Try these exercises to practice your use of adverbials of manner.

Try these tasks to practice your use of placement of adverbials.

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3


Task 4




Hi Guys,

In the one of the exercises I see: Have you ever eaten frogs’ legs?
As I'm going through the grammar section one by one, I'm just after the noun modifier part. There you can find a warning note: "We do not talk about: The car’s door;"... So what makes that example different? The only thing that comes to my mind is that the legs are no longer a part of a frog :-).

Hello Jarek_0,

That's very observant of you! The difference between 'the car's door' and 'frogs' legs' is that a car is an inanimate object and frogs are animals. In other words, 's is most often used with people, animals or groups of living beings, and not with inanimate objects.

This is not a hard-and-fast rule that always works, but is good rule of thumb to keep in mind and adequately explains this case.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

What's the difference between 'too' and 'as well' when placed at the end of a sentence ? Is there a situation where one is preferable to the other ?


Hello Petals,

They mean the same thing, but are used a bit differently. 'as well' is more common in speaking than writing, and almost always comes at the end of a sentence. 'too' can be used in other positions and is common in both formal and informal situations. The Cambridge Dictionary has a page that you might find useful.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


If "a relative adverb" introduces a group of words, or a clause, that tells more about a "noun", then WHY should we call it ADVERB.

On the other hand, an adverb tells us more about a VERB.

Hello amol,

There is no reference to this on this page, so you are asking us to comment on a grammar rule you have found elsewhere, which is not our role here.

You need to be careful of reducing the complexity of language to overly simply and inflexible rules. Adverbials have many roles and are not limited to modifying verbs. They are some of the most flexible words and phrases in English in terms of the roles they can have in the sentence. For a list of functions which adverbials can have see this page.

Reflexive adverbs can introduce clauses which have adverbial functions, which is what you are describing here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


What are the use/s of relative adverb?

"He talks much slowly" OR "He talks very slowly"

Which one is more correct?

or both are correct?

Hello amol,

The correct word here is 'very'; 'much' is not correct.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team