50 adverbs of manner (1)

Adverbs of manner tell us how someone does something or how something happens. They usually come after the main verb:

  • He drank quickly. [after the verb]
  • He drank the water quickly. [after the object]
  • He drank quickly the water. [NOT between the verb and object]

Most adverbs of manner end in –ly. Exceptions include well, hard, late and fast (see irregular adverbs here).

Adverbs of manner list

Here’s a list of 50 common adverbs of manner, with examples of verbs we can use them with.

Adverbs A-D| Adverbs E-M | Adverbs N-Z

Adverb of manner A-D Examples of usage
angrily react angrily, speak angrily, say something angrily
anxiously wait anxiously, say something anxiously
awkwardly stand awkwardly, hold something awkwardly
badly play badly, perform badly
beautifully sing beautifully, play an instrument beautifully
calmly act calmly, wait calmly
carefully speak carefully, walk carefully, drive carefully
carelessly drive carelessly, act carelessly
cautiously speak cautiously, act cautiously
cheerfully smile cheerfully, whistle cheerfully
clearly speak clearly, explain something clearly
closely look closely
correctly spell correctly
deliberately make a mistake deliberately, lie deliberately

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Adverbs A-D| Adverbs E-M | Adverbs N-Z