Adverbs of manner are usually formed from adjectives by adding –ly:
|bad > badly
|quiet > quietly
|sudden > suddenly
but sometimes there are changes in spelling:
|easy > easily
|gentle > gently
|careful > carefully
The adverb formed from good is well:
You speak English very well.
Adverbs of manner normally come after the verb:
He spoke angrily.
or after the object:
He opened the door quietly.
If an adjective already 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/early.
I hate driving fast.
hardly and lately have different meanings from hard and late:
We often use phrases with like as adverbials of manner:
She slept like a baby.
He ran like a rabbit.
Adverbials 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.
We do not use adverbs of manner after link verbs. We use adjectives instead: