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.

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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)

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Comments

Sir
I am not refering to any of your replies but the use of preposition 'with' istead of 'by' for example:1. Can I pay by cash? 2. Can I pay with cash?
My question is : both are correct or only number 1
Best regards
Srilal

Hello andrew international,

Both 'with' and 'by' are fine in this context.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

 

 

Thanks for the examples. How can I explain the difference between the Adjective is this sentence
5. Let’s get the later bus, at 10.45. We don’t want to arrive at the airport too
early
and the adverb of manner?
Thanks

Hello Ola SABBAGH,

I'm not sure I understand your question, to be honest. Adjectives describe nouns; they give us information about people and things. Adverbs of manner describe actions; they tell us how something was done. The difference is in the roles they have in the sentence, grammatically speaking.

Perhaps if you provide two sentences, one with an adjective and one with an adverb of manner it will help to clarify.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much for work.

Hello
firstly i would like to thank you again for your great usual support and effort
please i need to know why did you use greedily instead of greedy in one of your test question above
"the hungry cat looked greedily at the kitchen on the dinner table "
for me looked is a link verb so we should use adjective instead of adverb

Hello hamadbaghdadi,

In this sentence, 'looked' is not a link verb, but rather an action verb. 'greedily' is an adverb that modifies, i.e. tells us more about the way the cat was looking at the chicken (is that what you meant instead of 'kitchen'?). If 'looked' were a link verb here, the sentence would be something like 'The cat looked hungry and greedy as it looked at the chicken ...'.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you so much

Hello there,

Could you please tell which one is the correct?

I went to shop on Monday by car to get some things for reselling.
I went to shop by car on Monday to get some things for reselling.

The bus hit a tree in a road on Monday with a great force.
The bus hit a tree with a great force in a road on Monday.

The meeting will be started at the hotel on Monday at 5.00 PM.
The meeting well be started at the hotel at 5.00 PM on Monday.

Hello hrnmno,

The word order of these sentences is not fixed, so there is no one correct sequence. However, there are some other problems:

I went to a/the shop on Monday by car to get some things for reselling.
I went to a/the shop by car on Monday to get some things for reselling.

The bus hit a tree in the road on Monday with great force.
The bus hit a tree with great force in the road on Monday.

The meeting will start at the hotel on Monday at 5.00 PM.
The meeting will start at the hotel at 5.00 PM on Monday.

The use of articles is context-dependent, but these are the most likely choices.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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