How to spell: words ending in -ly, -ely and -lly
Do you ever have problems spelling words ending in -ly?
If you do, you’re not alone. Adverbs such as definitely, probably, absolutely, likely, reasonably and hopefully often cause problems when it comes to spelling. We often ask ourselves the same questions:
Is it -ly or -lly?
Do we write -ely, or just -ly?
Normally we just add -ly to an adjective to get the adverb: quick becomes quickly, dangerous becomes dangerously.
The problem is when an adjective ends in -e or -le. What do we do in such cases? Do we keep or remove the ‘e’ before adding ‘ly’?
These short and simple rules should help you.
|Forming adverbs from adjectives ending in -e, -l and -le|
|When an adjective ends in -e, we simply add ly to form the adverb:
polite » politely,
definite » definitely,
absolute » absolutely,
complete » completely.
|Be careful when an adjective ends in -le. We remove the e and add y to form the adverb:
probable » probably,
possible » possibly,
terrible » terribly,
reasonable » reasonably.
|Don't be confused by adjectives that end in -l. Simply add ly and the adverb will then end in -lly:
hopeful » hopefully,
beautiful » beautifully,
helpful » helpfully,
careful » carefully.
Which words do you find difficult to spell? Let me know in the comments below.