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Adverbs go with verbs. Adverbs say when, where or how something was done, or something happened. You can make an adverb from almost any adjective.

Usually, you just add to -ly to the end of the adjective.

  quick quickly  
  slow slowly  
  nice nicely  
  careful carefully  
  dreadful dreadfully  

If the adjective ends in -y, change the -y to an -i, and then add -ly.

  happy happily  
  easy easily  
  heavy heavily  
  angry angrily  
  Except for    
  shy shyly  
  sly slyly  
  coy coyly  

If the adjective ends in -le, drop the -e, and just add -y.

  comfortable comfortably  
  horrible horribly  
  gentle gently  
  simple simply  
  terrible terribly  
  sensible sensibly  

If the adjective ends in -e, drop the -e, and add -ly.

  true truly  
  due duly  
  whole wholly  
 
Except for
   
  complete completely  
  extreme extremely  

If the adjective already ends in -ly, you can't add -ly to make an adverb. You must use a group of words instead.

  friendly in a friendly way
  leisurely in a leisurely fashion

A few adjectives end in -ic. These add -ally.

  frantic frantically  
  tragic tragically  
  manic manically  
  comic comical comically
 
Except for
   
  public publicly
 

 
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