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 Teachers,

May I know how advebrs (espicially adverbs of manner) are used in passive sentences? Espicially with regards to their positions. For instance, is it right to state "he was violently killed", or "he was killed violently"? And what if there are more than one auxilliary verbs, where would the adverb be placed at? Kindly provide some examples.

Appreciate your advice, thanks!


Hello Tim,

The adverb can be placed before the main verb or after it. Thus you can say either of these:

She had been badly treated by her friend for a long time.

She had been treated badly by her friend for a long time.

I don't think the number of auxiliary verbs makes any difference here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
Could you please tell me wether I am right or wrong? I would say the first is wrong but the second is correct.
eg. Your brothers as well as your mother has come.
Your brothers as well as your mother have come.
Thank you
Andrew international

Hello Andrew international,

Yes, the second one is correct and the first one is not.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


In task 1 sentence 2 the right answer is well (other side played really well) and in task 3 sentence 6 the right answer is good (This milk doesn’t smell very good). Why do we use good instead of well in this second example? Greetings Jurgen

Hello Jurgen,

Good is an adjective form and well is an adverb. With most verbs we use the adverb. However, verbs relating to senses (look, sound, smell, taste and feel) take adjectives:

It looks good.

It smells nice. (not 'nicely')

This shirt feels wonderful. (not 'wonderfully')


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, I would like to ask a question.
I do not understand that sometimes we use -ly for adverbs, sometimes we do not use -ly.
For example; we cant say "they looked happily, we should say they look happy.
But in the exercises:"The hungry cat looked greedily (greedy) at the chicken on the dinner table" is the true answer.
Thanks for reading.

Hello domatescim,

Yes, I can see how that's confusing, but I'm afraid that English, like most languages, is not always consistent. There are many adverbs that end in 'ly', but many of the most commonly used adverbs do not end in 'ly', and in fact many have the same form as common adjectives. I'd recommend that you look carefully at words that you think are adverbs to make sure that they are functioning as adverbs in sentences.

For example, in 'They look happy', 'happy' is not an adverb but rather an adjective. This is because 'look' in this sentence is a link verb (like the verb 'be'), and link verbs are followed by an adjective (or it's also possible for a noun to come after them). If you used 'look' in a different way, you could use the adverb 'happily' with it -- for example, 'The children happily looked for Easter eggs'. In this case, 'look' has a different meaning ('search'). The sentence in the exercises is similar to the example I just gave, in which 'look' is not a link verb.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Here's double "writes" in task 2.