Tuesday, 8 December 2020

 Forming adverbs from adjectives

Most adverbs are formed by adding -ly to the end of the related adjective. Exceptionally, words which end in -ble drop off the -e before -ly is added. ... This mistake is often made when the adjective ends in the letter -e. Note the correct spelling of adverbs formed from adjectives ending in -e.

Forming adverbs from adjectives

Forming adverbs from adjectives

In most cases, an adverb is formed by adding -ly to an adjective

Adjective - Adverb

cheap - cheaply

quick - quickly

slow - slowly

cheap - cheaply

quick – quickly

slow – slowly

anxious – anxiously

calm – calmly

brave – bravely

careful – carefully

careless – carelessly

certain – certainly

correct  – correctly

curious – curiously

eager – eagerly

excited – excitedly

extreme – extremely

fortunate – fortunately

furious  – furiously

generous – generously

glad – gladly

honest  – honestly

immediate – immediately

jealous – jealously

If the adjective ends in -y, replace the y with i and add -ly

Adjective - Adverb

easy - easily

angry - angrily

happy - happily

lucky - luckily

ready – readily

merry – merrily

easy – easily

angry – angrily

busy – busily

happy – happily

hungry  – hungrily

lazy – lazily

noisy – noisily

If the adjective ends in -able, -ible, or -le, replace the -e with -y.

Adjective - Adverb

probable - probably

terrible - terribly

gentle - gently

understandable – understandbly

forcible – forcibly

gentle – gently

possible – possibly

If the adjective ends in -ic, add -ally. Exception: public -> publicly

Adjective - Adverb

basic - basically

tragic - tragically

economic - economically

Idiotic – idiotically

Tragic – tragically

Basic –  basically

Some adverbs have the same form as the adjective: early, fast, hard, high, late, near, straight, & wrong


It is a fast car.

He drives very fast.

This is a hard exercise.

He works hard.

We saw many high buildings.

The bird flew high in the sky.

Well is the adverb that corresponds to the adjective good.


He is a good student.

He studies well.

She is a good pianist.

She plays the piano well.

They are good swimmers.

They swim well.


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