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English Grammar Adverb Rules With Examples

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English Grammar Adverb Rules With Examples

An adverb is a part of speech that modifies or describes a verb, adjective, or another adverb. Adverbs typically provide information about how, when, where, or to what extent an action is performed. They add details to the meaning of a sentence and help convey more precise information.

In this article, you will learn all the rules to make adverbs from different types of words. These rules are mandatory to learn for any English learner as these are very helpful to make adverbs from any given English Words.

Rules Of Adverbs , How to Make Adverbs from Words

Rule 1:  Most of the adjectives are made adverbs by adding “ly” at the end of them. Look at the example below.

Nice -> Nicely
Beautiful -> Beautifully
Happy -> Happily
Final -> Finally

Rule 2. In Some adjectives, the last “e” is omitted and “ly” is added. For example.

Possible -> Possibly
Whole -> Wholly
True -> Truly
Noble -> Nobly
Due -> Duly

Rule 3: The last  “e” is not omitted in some adjectives as done below.

Safe -> Safely
Strange -> Strangely

Rule 4:  If a word ends with “y” and if you want to make it an adverb, change the last “y” into “I” and add “ly” at the end. Consider the following examples.

Happy -> Happily
Lucky -> Luckily
Easy -> Easily
Heavy -> Heavily

Rule 5: If a word end in “ie”, add “ally” to make it an adverb. Have a look at following examples.

Classic -> Classically
Fantastic -> Fantastically
Basic -> Basically
Automatic -> Automatically
Music -> Musically
Systemic -> Systematically
Romantic -> Romantically
Logic -> Logically
Specific -> Specially

Rule 6: When the suffixes “able” or “ible” are added, the final “e” is omitted from most of the words. For Example

Response -> Responsible
Admire -> Admirable
Forgive -> Forgivable
Compare -> Comparable
Observe -> Observable
Advise -> Advisable
Compete -> Completable
Excerise -> Exercisable

Rule 7: When the final “e” is preceded by a “g” or a “c”, “e” is not omitted. Examples are given below.

Service -> Serviceable
Change -> Changeable
Challenge -> Challengeable
Replace -> Replaceable
Irreplace -> Irreplaceable

Exceptional Case:
Saleable
Likeable

Rule 8: If the final “E’s” are double, they are not omitted. For example.

Agree -> Agreeable
See -> Seeable

Rule 9: The words which end in “our” omit the “u” of “our” when you add “ous” or “ious” to the words. Examples are given below.

Humour -> Homorous
Labour -> Laborious
Vigour -> Vigorous

Rule 9: “C” is usually used in the nouns and “s” in the verbs. For example

Advice -> Advise
Device -> Devise
Licence -> License
Practice -> Practise

Rule 10: “cial” and “tial” have got the same pronunciation; they are pronounced “shall”. “tial” is usually used when an “n” is preceding. “cial” is usually used when any other letter is preceding. Look at the examples.

N+tial / Any other letter+cial

Potential -> Commerical
Essential -> Official
Substantial -> Racial
Influential -> Social
Circumstantial -> Special
Confidential -> Especial
Torrential -> Artificial

Exceptional Case:
Financial
Provincial

Bottom Line

These adverb rules are very important in learning English grammar. By remembering these rules, you can make adverb of any given word in no time. If you have any question related to this topic, you can discuss in comments section below.

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