Level: beginner

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

badbadly quietquietly 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.

Adverbials of manner 1

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Adverbials of manner 2

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Level: intermediate

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.

 

Be careful!

hardly and lately have different meanings from hard and late:


 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.

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.

Be careful!

We do not use adverbs of manner after link verbs. We use adjectives instead:

They looked happy. (NOT happily)
That bread smells delicious. (NOT deliciously)

Adverbials of manner 3

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Adverbials of manner 4

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Comments

Hello lisa,

'perfect' is an adjective modifying the noun 'English' whereas 'perfectly' modifies the verb phrase 'speaks English', but in general they mean the same thing. 

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there,
I have a question about the placement of the adjective/adverb only in the following sentences -
(1) Question tags are only added at the end of positive, negative, and imperative sentences.
(2) Question tags are added at the end of only positive, negative, and imperative sentences.
(3) Question tags are added only at the end of positive, negative, and imperative sentences.
I would like to know whether the word only functions as an adverb or adjective in the above sentences. In which sentence, the placement of only is correct?

Thank you so much,
Kelsie

Hello Kelsie,

In all of these sentences 'only' is an adverb modifying the verb 'are added'. The position of the adverb is flexible but does not change its function here. It could, for example, also be placed at the end of the sentence and it would have the same function.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there,
I have a question about the placement of the adjective/adverb only in the following sentences -

(1) Question tags are only added at the end of positive, negative, and imperative sentences.
(2) Question tags are added at the end of only positive, negative, and imperative sentences.
(3) Question tags are added only at the end of positive, negative, and imperative sentences.

In which sentence, the adjective/adverb only is

Hello Kelsie_29,

I'm afraid your question does not appear to be complete. If you can post it again we will try to answer.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

sir, in task 4, the sentence "Have you ever eaten frogs’ legs? They say it tastes like chicken" is correct?
In my opinion, it should be "taste" as in task 3.
Please explain.
Regards,
Abdullah

Hi everyone!

Could you please, tell me which of the following sentences use 2 (or more) adverbs correctly? :

1- Do it individual and orally.

2- Do it individually and orally.

Since now, thank you!

Manuela

Hello Manuela,

The second one!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
I have already checked but I couldn,t find an answer.
Thank you.
Best regards
Srilal

Hello Srilal,

Could you please tell us what you're referring to? If you're replying to one of our replies, please press the 'Reply' link, as it's difficult for us to know what you're referring to if your reply is not properly threaded.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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