Adverbs of manner

Adverbs of manner answer the question “how” action is performed or done. These adverbs are formed by adding– ly suffix at the end of the adjectives.

Like other adverbs, These modify the adjectives, adverbs, and verbs in the sentence.

Examples:- play brilliantly, walk slowly, wonderfully, beautifully, bravely, secretly, clearly,  technically sound etc.

•He is technically sound player. In this example, technically adverb is modifying the sound adjective–sound.

•She walks regularly in the morning. Here, regularly adverb is modifying the verb–verb–walks.

•They are walking so slowly and definitely, they would be late. In this example, “slowly” adverb is modifying the another adverb–so.

All the three examples show how the adverbs of manner modify the adjectives, verbs, and adverbs in the sentence.

Position in the sentence

In terms of position in the sentence, these are placed or follow immediately after the main verbs. But, whenever the adverbs of manner is used along the other adverbs, then, in such sentences, adverbs of manner is placed earlier than the adverbs of place and time.

•He drives the ball strongly. Here, “strongly” is placed immediately after the direct object as it is transitive sentence. But, in case of intransitive sentence, such adverbs are generally placed immediately after the main verbs.

•She writes quickly on the white board. In this example, adverb “quickly” is placed immediately after the main verbs as it is intransitive sentences. Besides, this adverb is also used before the adverbs of place.

•They carelessly in the first hour. This sentence shows that such adverb is always placed before the adverb of time.

Single-word, adverbial phrase, and adverbial clauses are used as the adverbs of manner to modify respective words.

Position in transitive and intransitive sentences

In the transitive sentences, adverbs of manner is placed immediately after the direct object, however, in case of intransitive sentences, these adverbs are placed or follow the main verbs.

•You are progressing steadily. Follows the main verb.

•He is writing his paper hurriedly. Follows  the direct object .

•She has taken that decision hastily. Follows the direct object.

These are some useful examples showing the position of adverbs in the transitive and intransitive sentences.

Moreover, adverbial phrase is also used as the adverbs of manner. Like other adverbs, adverbs of manner is placed at the beginning of the sentence with comma to qualify the sentence.

Adverbs of place

Adverbs of time

Use of adverbs

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