Adverbs of Manner

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Grammar Rules

Adverbs of manner tell you the way an action is performed.

They answer the question how?

Usually, the adverb follows the verb.


• The students cheered enthusiastically when they were told that they were getting a holiday.

Sometimes, the adverb is placed before the verb to emphasise the manner of the action.


• He deliberately tripped the rude boy.

• She suddenly appeared out of nowhere.

Although many adverbs of manner end in -ly, not all do.


• She’s trying hard to impress the judges.