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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 Imladris,

You can find information on this, including examples and definitions, here.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

What is correct?

a) Congresses are taking place in regular bases
b) Congresses are taking place in a regular base
c) Congresses are taking place on a regular basis
d) Congresses are taking place on a regular base
e) Congresses are taking place on regular bases

What is the difference in using base vs basis in a sentence? Both words can mean a foundation of something.

Is there a link in the site where expressions like those can be found?

Thanks again!

Hi MayelaM,

I think what you mean here is on a regular basis, which basically means regularly. Is that correct? I'd suggest looking up phrases such as these in our Cambridge Dictionary search box. This particular expression is not found there, but most such expressions are.

By the way, the word congress is correct here, but I wanted to point out that the word conference is also often used with the same meaning, especially in American English.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team


Hello! Could you give me examples of adverbs ended in -fashion and -style, please? I have only these examples: schoolboy-fashion, cowboy style. Thank you.

Hi tipcar,

For this kind of research, I'd suggest you perform a search in the British National Corpus or other corpus.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Learn English Team.
i am using this website everyday to learn english.It is very helpful.i really appreciate your work.
In this section there aren't many examples of adverbial manner.i want to learn more words of adverbial manner.From where i can get that?

Hello xerxes53,

I think there are quite a few adverbs on this page, including the four exercises!  However, you can find lists easily enough on the internet.  For example:

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

It's difficult for me to remember all of phrases or words are used in the excercise before. I just remember one word for each question.

Good lesson! I've learnt something new here. Thanks again, LearnEnglish team members!

there is something new for me
and it helps me especially I have problem to form sentence with adverb :)
thank you