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Adverbials of manner

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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Hello raphway,

I'm not sure what you mean by 'cotter'. If you want to know if the sentence is grammatically correct or not then I can tell you that it is correct. It means that there is corruption not only in one place but in many places or areas.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks, just what wanted to know.
Which is correct, "a round delicious chocolate" or '' a delicious round chocolate "?

Thanks, just what wanted to know

The adjective that follows the linking verb functioning as a compliment, isn't it?

Hello arwa,

That's almost correct. The adjective after the linking verb is a complement (the spelling is different). Specifically, it is a predicate adjective, which is a kind of subject complement.

You can read more about subject complements on this page.



The LearnEnglish Team

Sir,would you please help me.

1.He is coming towards me.
2.we were waiting outside the office.

In the above sentences, towards me and outside the office are adverb?

Hello AminulIslam

'towards' and 'outside' are both prepositions in these sentences and so the phrases they head are prepositional phrases. These prepositional phrases are adverbial, though -- that is, they function as adverbs in the sentences. 'towards me' is an adverbial of direction in this case, and 'outside the office' an adverbial of location.

Does that make sense?

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglishTeam,
Many thanks for being so helpful. Could you help one more time, please? Which is correct: We heard it perfect. OR We heard it perfectly.
According to the Grammar tips provided above one should use adjectives (not adverbs) after verbs such as "look/smell/taste". What about the verb "hear"?
Thanks a lot for your reply.

Hello Yuriy UA,

The correct form here is the adverb: We heard it perfectly.

'Hear' is something that a person does, not a characteristic of an item. The word which goes with look/smell/taste is not hear but sound:

It sounds perfect!



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir
I would like to know whether adverbs like: just, recently could be use any
type of tenses or only with perfect tenses especially ' just.' Please let me
Thank you.