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English Grammar and Exercises for ESL learners.


Adverbs


Adverbs are used to say how or in what manner we do something.

• She danced very gracefully.
• The children ran up the stairs noisily.
• They were all chatting happily when we arrived.
• He drove carefully along the icy road.
• The technician explained the problem very clearly.


Formation of adverbs Adjective Adverb
Most adverbs are formed
by adding -ly to the adjective :
slow
careful
slowly
carefully
For adjectives ending in -y, -e, -ic,
the adverbs are formed as follows :
happy
humble
historic
happily
humbly
historically
Exceptions : good
hard
fast
well
hard
fast

N.B.  Although they end in -ly, the following words are adjectives, NOT adverbs :
friendly, lively, lonely, lovely, silly, ugly
 for example : a friendly person, a silly remark, an ugly duckling, and so on ...






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