adverbs of manner


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



Hello! Could you please explain me the meaning of the phrase ''link verb''. Thank you.

Hello Imladris,

You can find information on this, including examples and definitions, here.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

What is correct?

a) Congresses are taking place in regular bases
b) Congresses are taking place in a regular base
c) Congresses are taking place on a regular basis
d) Congresses are taking place on a regular base
e) Congresses are taking place on regular bases

What is the difference in using base vs basis in a sentence? Both words can mean a foundation of something.

Is there a link in the site where expressions like those can be found?

Thanks again!

Hi MayelaM,

I think what you mean here is on a regular basis, which basically means regularly. Is that correct? I'd suggest looking up phrases such as these in our Cambridge Dictionary search box. This particular expression is not found there, but most such expressions are.

By the way, the word congress is correct here, but I wanted to point out that the word conference is also often used with the same meaning, especially in American English.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team


Hello! Could you give me examples of adverbs ended in -fashion and -style, please? I have only these examples: schoolboy-fashion, cowboy style. Thank you.

Hello Learn English Team.
i am using this website everyday to learn english.It is very helpful.i really appreciate your work.
In this section there aren't many examples of adverbial manner.i want to learn more words of adverbial manner.From where i can get that?

Hello xerxes53,

I think there are quite a few adverbs on this page, including the four exercises!  However, you can find lists easily enough on the internet.  For example:

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

It's difficult for me to remember all of phrases or words are used in the excercise before. I just remember one word for each question.

Good lesson! I've learnt something new here. Thanks again, LearnEnglish team members!