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  • 0:03 What's an Adverb?
  • 0:56 Mind Your Manners
  • 1:45 Putting Them in Their Place
  • 2:35 Examples
  • 3:00 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Elizabeth Hance

Elizabeth has taught elementary and middle school special education, and has a master's degree in reading education.

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify, make, and use a specific part of speech: adverbs of manner. Adverbs of manner can add detail to your writing by telling how things happen.

What's an Adverb?

An adverb is a specific part of speech. You probably noticed that the root of the word is 'verb.' This is because adverbs most commonly modify, or add to or tell more about, verbs. Adverbs, however, can also modify other parts of speech, including adjectives and other adverbs.

Many adverbs are easy to make or recognize because they follow a simple formula:


Here are some examples that follow that formula:

  • Quick + ly = quickly
  • Loud + ly = loudly
  • Soft + ly = softly

Be careful when trying to use this formula for any adjective, however. Many common adjectives do NOT end in -ly:

  • Well
  • Hard
  • Almost
  • Quite

Mind Your Manners

Adverbs can modify verbs and other words in many different ways. One specific type of adverb is an adverb of manner. If you are thinking that these adverbs are about minding your manners by saying please or thank you, think again! Adverbs of manner tell how something happens. Here's an example:

  • The actress in the horror film screamed loudly.

In this example, the adverb is loudly. It tells how, or in what manner, the actress screamed.

Adverbs of manner usually come right after the main verb in the sentence or right after the direct object. The direct object receives the action of the verb. Check out the following example:

  • The ballerina performed the dance beautifully.

Here, the verb is 'performed.' The adverb, beautifully, tells how the dance, the direct object, was performed.

Putting Them in Their Place

Where should you place an adverb in your writing? It depends on the structure of your sentence. Here are some general guidelines.

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