What is an adverb of manner?

Adverbs of manner tell us how something happens/in what way. Study the slide below, the adverb of manner tells us how the horses are running.

Adverbs of manner help the listener gain a better understanding of the context.

Imagine you are reading a book… If the book doesn’t contain any adverbs of manner, the reader may become uninterested.

adverbs of manner definition

examples of adverbs of manner

Adverbs of manner are the largest group of adverbs. Take a look at the following table of the most common ones with examples.

*NOTE: Take a look at the endings of the adverbs. Do you notice anything?

adverbs of manner list
adverbs of manner list
adverbs of manner list

position of adverbs of manner

The adverb of manner can be placed in several places in a sentence. If you want to emphasise the adverb, it can be placed in certain places. There are also a few rules for you to learn.

Let’s take a look…

adverbs of manner - position in sentence
adverbs of manner - position in sentence
adverbs of manner - position in sentence
adverbs of manner - position in sentence

forming adverbs of manner

You may have noticed in the table of adverbs above that a lot of them end in ‘ly’. You may have also noticed that they look a lot like adjectives too. Well done, give yourselves a pat on the back.

Adverbs of manner are pretty easy to create. Use the table below as a guide to see how they are made. See if you can make up some of your own too.

*NOTE: Watch out for those pesky irregular adverbs.

forming adverbs of manner
forming adverbs of manner

examples adverbs of manner in use

Now you’re a pro at adverbs of manner, I want you to make up some sentences of your own and comment below. Take a look at my examples first to give you an idea. Can you spot the adverb in my examples?

adverbs of manner examples
adverbs of manner examples
adverbs of manner examples

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