Adverbs of manner
Adverbs of manner contain the largest list of adverbs, there are loads! They tell us about the manner in which something happened. Usually, adverbs of manner can be constructed by simply adding -ly to the corresponding adjective although there can sometimes be variations in spelling in a few adverbs.
Sample adjectives converted to adverbs:
- happy–happily; I happily told him what to do.
- Nice–nicely; They were playing nicely amongst themselves.
- brave–bravely; The Spartans bravely won the battle.
- clear–clearly; I clearly explained to you the problem.
- honest–honestly; She’s honestly telling the truth.
- powerful–powerfully; The horse powerfully rode through the sand.
- slow–slowly; You’ll get there eventually but you’re going slowly.
There are a few adjectives in English that take the same form as the adverb:
- Articles (a/an, the, zero article)
- Pronouns: subject, object and possessive
- Question tags
- English conditionals
- Interrogatives in English
- Phrasal verbs
- Prefixes and suffixes
- Reported and direct speech
- Numbers: cardinal, ordinal, and Roman numbers
- The verb: “get”
- ‘Get’ vs. ‘go’ and ‘got’ vs. ‘gotten’
- Copular verbs
- Cleft sentences
- Subjunctive in English
- Vulgar and taboo in English
- Split infinitive
- Emphasis with inversion
- Gerunds in English
- To + infinitive
- Bare infinitive
- British and American spelling