Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of manner provide information on how someone does  something. They are placed after the verb or entire expression (at the end of the sentence).

For example:

  • Their teacher speaks quickly.

It is possible to place the adverb of manner before the verb. This places emphasis on the adverb. 

For example:

  • She calmly announced that she had fallen in love with a woman.

Some authors put an adverb of manner at the beginning of a sentence, to catch the reader’s attention and make him/her curious.

For example:

  • Silently, carefully, she opened the door.

When there is more than one verb in a clause, the position of the adverb of manner is very important.

  • If it is placed with the verb, it modifies the action described by the verb.
  • If it is placed at the end of the clause, it describes the manner of the whole action  described in the clause.

For example:

  • She calmly asked him to leave her office. = calmly modifies asked.
  • She asked him to leave her office calmly. = slowly modifies leave the party.

You can give more information about most adverbs of manner by using a word such as: 

  • quite
  • a bit
  • most
  • fairly
  • really
  • very
  • extremely

These words are always placed before the adverb.

For example:

  • Very carefully, she carried the baby upstairs.

Alphabetical list of common single-word manner adverbs:

Adverbs of manner are the largest group of adverbs. We make most of them simply by adding – ly to their corresponding adjective.  Adverbs of manner that do not end in -ly are shown in bold.

  • 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
  • fast
  • fatally
  • fiercely
  • fondly
  • foolishly
  • fortunately
  • frankly
  • frantically
  • generously
  • gently
  • gladly
  • gracefully
  • greedily
  • happily
  • hard
  • 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
  • so
  • softly
  • solemnly
  • speedily
  • stealthily
  • sternly
  • straight
  • stupidly
  • successfully
  • suddenly
  • suspiciously
  • swiftly
  • tenderly
  • tensely
  • thoughtfully
  • tightly
  • truthfully
  • unexpectedly
  • victoriously
  • violently
  • vivaciously
  • warmly
  • weakly
  • wearily
  • well
  • wildly
  • wisely

 

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