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.


  1. Anonymous - September 21, 2015, 3:12 pm Reply

    I found this very helpful
    Thank you

  2. bahodir - September 25, 2015, 1:49 pm Reply

    useful for me

  3. Iloveengland - October 14, 2015, 10:40 pm Reply

    What about “lately”? I’ve seen that word many times…

    • Stuart Cook - October 15, 2015, 1:21 pm Reply

      Yes, lately is an adverb, but it doesn’t correspond to the adjective late; it means recently:

      I haven’t seen him lately.
      I haven’t seen him recently.

      • Anonymous - November 8, 2015, 6:44 pm Reply

        what is the adverb for sooner and later

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>