Adverbs of Manner for intermediate learners

Adverbs of manner give us more information about how the verb is done. To learn their grammatical function and how to use them, read this.

"Adverbs of Manner" in the English Grammar

What Are Adverbs of Manner?

Adverbs of manner are a type of adverb used to modify verbs and describe how an action or event is done.

Adverbs of Manner: Structure

Adverbs of manner often end in '-ly', but it is important to use them correctly and avoid confusing them with adjectives that also end in '-ly'. For example:

They found him easily. → adverb of manner

She is silly. → adjective

One way to distinguish between adjectives and adverbs is to note that:

Most Common Adverbs of Manner

Here are some of the most common adverbs of manner:

  • Quickly
  • Easily
  • Loudly
  • Happily
  • Quietly
  • Angrily

Check out the examples:

They talked loudly.

She found him quickly.

Adverbs of Manner: Placement

Adverbs of manner are used to describe the way in which the main verb is done. So, they are mostly used after the main verb. Here are some examples:

He answered doubtfully.

Sarah cried loudly.


Adverbs of manner are used to make the verb more obvious. They are used to show how an action is used.


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