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Transformation of Adjectives into Adverbs
 

Adjective

Adverb

addition of -ly

slow

slowly

smooth

smoothly

quick

quickly

swift

swiftly

bad

badly

nice

nicely

Spelling changes

true

truly (not truly)

simple

simply

sensible

sensibly

happy

happily

Other examples

full

fully

fantastic

fantastically

comic

Comically

 

Exceptions:

Adjective

Adverb 1

Adverb 2

good

well

 

difficult

with difficulty

 

deep

deep (place)

deeply (feeling

direct

direct

directly (soon)

hard

hard

hardly(seldom)

high

high (place)

highly (figurative)

late

late

lately (recently)

most

most

mostly (usually)

near

near

nearly

pretty

pretty (=rather)

prettily

short

short

shortly (soon)

daily

daily

 

Enough

enough

 

Fast

fast

 

 

Some Verbs are exceptions, such as:

  • taste
  • smell
  • look
  • was , am, were, is, are
  • feel
  • seem
  • sound

The adjective form is to be used, not the adverb:

  • The flower smells sweetly. (incorrect)
  • The flower smells sweet. (correct)
  • The food tastes deliciously. (incorrect)
  • The food tastes delicious. (correct)
  • I am smartly. (incorrect)
  • I am smart. (correct)

Choose the correct one.

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