Irregular adverbs

In most cases, to create an adverb we simply add -ly to the adjective. Quick becomes quickly, slow becomes slowly, etc.

Some adverbs, however, are irregular. Here’s a list of common irregular adverbs in English.

Irregular adverbs
Most adverbs are formed by adding -ly to an adjective (e.g. slow ⇒ slowly). Here is a list of irregular adverbs, i.e. adverbs which do not follow the normal rule.
Adjective Adverb
good well
fast fast
hard hard
late late
early early
daily daily
straight straight
wrong wrong, wrongly

Here are some example sentences:

  • He drives too fast. He drives too fastly.
  • He speaks good English. /  He speaks English well. He speaks English good.
  • My mother always worked hard. My mother always worked hardly.
  • They arrived late for the party. They arrived lately for the party.

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