English Grammar : Adverbs of Manner

Uses of Adverbs of Manner in English Grammar

What is Adverbs of Manner?

"An 'adverb of manner' explain how an action is carried out and expresses manner & state."

Adverbs of manner helps to make sentences more interesting by adding more detail to the situation.

Adverb of manner and state includes all the adverbs which are derived from adjectives and end in –ly. (The test question is How / In what manner?).

» The test question 'How / In what manner?' :

• He talks like his boss. (Question : In what manner does he talk?)

• Priya talked sweetly. (Question : How did she talk?)

Very often adverbs of manner are adjectives with -ly added to the end, but this is certainly not always the case. In fact, some adverbs of manner will have the same spelling as the adjective form. Like : fast, hard, so, straight and well.

• Position of Adverbs of Manner (Where to put them in sentence):

1. At the beginning of the sentence,

2. In the middle of the sentence,

3. At the end of the sentence.

» At the beginning of the sentence
  • Rudely, the girl slammed the boy.
  • Quickly, the employees left the office.
  • Fortunately, nobody was killed during the battle.
  • Generously, the rich lady gave the bagger some money.
» In the middle of the sentence
  • • The bike rider was seriously injured.
  • • Maya was smiling happily at her friends.
  • • I am trying hard to resolve the problem.
  • • They are watching silently the horror movie.
» At the end of the sentence
  • • The flight arrived late.
  • • I miss my friends terribly.
  • • The boy looked at her awkwardly.
  • • Rohan passed the final exam easily.
Adverbs of Manner are:
bravely, easily, foolishly, clearly, hard, carefully, well, fast, soundly, like, with, quickly, badly, slowly, sadly, safely, softly, loudly, warmly, sweetly, diligently, rapidly, suddenly, secretly, openly, frankly, quietly, completely, correctly, so, thus etc.
Uses of Adverb of manner or state (Examples):
  • • He looked up sadly.
  • • The girl acted well.
  • • Pooja writes clearly.
  • • He is sleeping soundly.
  • • She plays piano softly.
  • • The traveler walked fast.
  • • She smiled sweetly at him.
  • • She passed the exam easily.
  • • He spoke out quite frankly.
  • • The dinner party went badly.
  • • She embraced her son warmly.
  • • The two parties met secretly.
  • • Gold prices dropped suddenly.
  • • A good student works very hard.
  • • A beginner must drive carefully.
  • • I ran to you as I was so worried.
  • • They worked diligently all morning.
  • • Raj answered the question correctly.
  • • They walk quickly to catch the train.
  • • I am pleased the parcel arrived safely.
  • • He asked me to leave the house quietly.
  • • Payments must also be made more rapidly.
  • • I was sick, thus didn’t go to work today.
  • • The patient took the medicine with a spoon.
  • • Drive the car slowly unless you want to die.
  • • Rohan coughed loudly to attract her attention.
  • • They want their office to talk openly about new project.
  • • He wants to completely devote all his effort to batting.
  • • George behaved foolishly. (Question : How did he behave?)
  • • The soldiers fought bravely. (Question : How did they fight?)
  • • He talks like his father. (Question : In what manner does he talk?)

• We make most of them simply by adding -ly to their corresponding adjective.
• Here is an alphabetical list of common single-word adverbs of manner.

Adverbs of manner that end in -ly:
accidentally angrily anxiously awkwardly
badly beautifully blindly boldly
bravely brightly busily calmly
carefully carelessly cautiously cheerfully
clearly closely correctly courageously
cruelly daringly deliberately doubtfully
eagerly easily elegantly enormously
enthusiastically equally eventually exactly
faithfully fatally fiercely fondly
foolishly fortunately frankly frantically
generously gently gladly gracefully
greedily happily hastily healthily
honestly hungrily hurriedly inadequately
ingeniously innocently inquisitively irritably
joyously justly kindly lazily
loosely loudly madly mortally
mysteriously neatly nervously noisily
obediently openly painfully patiently
perfectly politely poorly powerfully
promptly punctually quickly quietly
rapidly rarely really recklessly
regularly reluctantly repeatedly rightfully
roughly rudely sadly safely
selfishly sensibly seriously sharply
shyly silently sleepily slowly
smoothly softly solemnly speedily
stealthily sternly stupidly successfully
suddenly suspiciously swiftly tenderly
tensely thoughtfully tightly truthfully
unexpectedly victoriously violently vivaciously
warmly weakly wearily wildly
Adverbs of manner that do not end in -ly:
fast hard late like
so straight thus with
Related Topics :
Types of Noun in English Language
Types of Pronoun in English Language
Types of Verb in English Language
Types of Adverb in English Language
Types of Adjective in English Language
Kinds of Preposition in English Language
Types of Conjunction in English Language
Uses of Interjection words in English Language


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