What are Adverbs of Manner?

Adverbs of manner tell us the manner in which something happens. They answer the how question.

Adverbs of manner usually modify verbs.



Rebekah is running quickly.

How is Rebekah running?

Answer: quickly

How to Form an Adverb of Manner

Adverbs of manner are usually formed by adding 'ly' to an adjective.


Adjective + 'ly' = Adverb of Manner

Adjective Adverb of Manner
angry angrily
bad badly
beautiful beautifully
careful carefully
easy easily
happy happily

Exception: Some adjectives end in 'ly'.

Examples: elderly, friendly, lovely, etc.

These are NOT adverbs.

Position of Adverbs of Manner in a Sentence

The normal position for adverbs of manner is after the verb.


verb adverb of manner

I ran slowly


We can put an adverb of manner before the verb to emphasise the adverb.


adverb of manner verb

I slowly ran


If the verb has an object, the adverb of manner comes after the object.


verb object adverb of manner

I hit the ball badly


If the verb has a long object, put the adverb of manner before the verb.


adverb of manner verb a long object

Carefully I carried the big unstable German explosive that had landed on my lawn.


Do not put an adverb of manner between the verb and the object.


verb adverb of manner object


The following adverbs always come after the verb (and object):

  • badly
  • fast
  • hard
  • well