adverbs of manner and comparison

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Adjective

Adverb of Manner

  dull

  dully

  full

  fully

  shrill

  shrilly



iv. Adjectives ending in ue
When the adjective ends in ue, the final e is usually omitted before the ending ly is added. For example:

Adjective

Adverb of Manner

  due

  duly

  true

  truly



v. Adjectives ending in y
When the adjective ends in y preceded by a consonant, the y is usually changed to i before the ending ly is added. For example:

Adjective

Adverb of Manner

  busy

  busily

  easy

  easily

  happy

  happily


However, in the case of the adjectives shy and sly, ly is simply added to the positive form of the adjective:

Adjective

Adverb of Manner

  shy

  shyly

  sly

  slyly


When the adjective ends in y preceded by a vowel, in most cases, ly is simply added to the positive form of the adjective. For example:

Adjective

Adverb of Manner

  coy

  coyly

  grey

  greyly


However, in the case of the adjective gay, y is changed to i before the ending ly is added:

Adjective

Adverb of Manner

  gay

  gaily



See Exercise 1.

It should be noted that while most adverbs which end in ly are adverbs of manner, other types of adverb may also end in ly. For instance, consequently and subsequently are connecting adverbs. The following are adverbs of frequency which are formed by adding ly to the corresponding adjectives.

Adjective

Adverb of Frequency

  frequent

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