The Complete List of
English Spelling Rules
15: Forming Adverbs
this series of lessons, you will learn useful spelling rules
This lesson will give you helpful guidelines so that you know how to
properly spell adverbs
you want to form from adjectives
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As you know, an adjective
in English describes a
noun. An adverb
describes a verb
adjective, another adverb, or even an entire sentence
Most adverbs have a special ending: -ly
You can form adverbs from some
adjectives, but you must be careful of the spelling.
Here are some rules to help you.
1. Adding -ly to the end of the adjective
Mark is running quickly
to catch his bus.
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Many adjectives can be transformed into adverbs. In most cases, we do
this by simply adding -ly to the end of the adjective.
Here are some examples:
2. Adjectives ending in -y
Fred looked hungrily
at his big ice cream cone.
When the adjective you want to make into an adverb ends in -y
, you must change
, then add -ly
Here are some common examples:
3. Adjectives that end in -le
Marlene is sitting comfortably
in her favorite chair.
When the adjective ends in -le
remove the e
and replace it with a y
4. Comparative and superlative adverbs
Dave's car is moving more slowly
than Ethan's car.
Finally, when you want to form a comparative
or a superlative
you should add "more" before the adverb to make it comparative, and
"most" to make it superlative.
: Paul spoke more politely
: Paul spoke politelier
: I saw the most amazingly
beautiful film yesterday!Incorrect
: I saw the amazingliest
beautiful film yesterday!
Remember that the adverb well
is irregular. Its comparative form is better
, and its
superlative form is best
: Mark did better
on the test than I did, but Amanda did the best
: Mark did more well
on the test than I did, but Amanda did the most well
So, let's review what we have learned about forming adverbs in English:
- Most adjectives that can be transformed into adverbs simply
added to the end.
- If the adjective ends in -y, you must change
the y to i, then add -ly.
- If the adjective ends in -le, you should
remove the e
and add -y.
- To form a comparative adverb, add "more" before it. To make
it superlative, add "most." Remember that the adverb "well" is
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