Adverbs are usually formed by adding ‘-ly’ to an adjective. Adjectives that end in -ly, such as Lovely or lonely, can’t be made into adverbs by adding -ly. Here are some tips to help you form adverbs and spell them correctly.
The basic rule is that -ly is added to the end of the adjective:
If the adjective has two syllables and ends in -y, then you need to replace
the final -y with -ily:
If the adjective ends with a consonant followed by -le, replace the final -e
with -y on its own:
Adverbs are usually formed by adding ‘-ly’ to an adjective.
- quiet – quietly
- careful – carefully
- careless – carelessly
Adjectives ending in ‘-le’ change to ‘-ly’.
- possible – possibly
- probable – probably
- incredible – incredibly
Adjectives ending in ‘-y’ change to ‘-ily’.
- lucky – luckily
- happy – happily
- angry – angrily
Adjectives ending in ‘-ic’ change to ‘-ically’.
- basic – basically
- ironic – ironically
- scientific – scientifically
Some adjectives are irregular. The most common irregular adverbs are:
- good – well
- hard – hard
- fast -fast