Adverbs Ending with 'ly' Words | English Grade 3 | Learning Concepts
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"-ly" Adverbs of Manner for Class 3 English

Words ending with ‘ly’ change sentences to give information on how something happens. In this chapter, students will know the adverbs of manner defintion and how to form them with examples. Apart from these, the common mistakes one could make while using such words and the exceptions associated with them are clearly demarcated.

In this learning concept, the students will know about:

  • Common 5 letter words ending with ly.
  • Usage of ly words in a sentence.
  • Interesting facts about these words.

This concept is explained with the use of examples, interesting charts, and illustrations to class 3 students. One can check their understanding of the concept by solving the grade-appropriate worksheets given at the end of the page. The solutions for each worksheet are provided in PDF format, which is also freely accessible.


  • Adverbs are words added to give more information on the verb in a sentence.
  • Words ending with the suffix ‘ly’ are adverbs of manner,which gives more information on the action performed.
  • They usually are placed after the main verb or the object of a sentence.
  • The easy way to transform an adjective into an adverb is by ending a word with 'ly'.

How to Form a Word with 'ly'?

Format of word ending with ‘ly’

Let us have a look at some of the common words that end with‘-ly’.

Common Words Ending with ‘-ly’
rapidly angrily badly
boldly beautifully correctly
evenly finally gladly
lovely highly loudly
normally perfectly proudly
sadly sharply shortly
slowly suddenly thankfully
wrongly rightly merrily

Usage of words ending with ‘-ly’ in a sentence

Adverbs usually give more information about the verb in the sentence. These words can be found at the end of a sentence. There are times adverbs or ‘ly’ words can also be seen before a verb.


  1. He shouted loudly.
  2. Exampe of words ending with ‘-ly’
  3. He listened silently.
  4. Exampe of words ending with ‘-ly’
  5. He bravely fought the war.
  6. The situation changed overnight rapidly.
  7. They both married eventually.
Interesting fact for Adverb of Manner

Common Mistakes

  1. Do not position the adverbs of manner within a sentence wrongly. The sentence will lose grammatical sense. They can’t be placed between a verb and its direct object.
  2. Examples:

    tickHe ate quickly his breakfast.

    crossHe quickly ate his breakfast.

    tickHe ate his breakfast quickly.

    crossThey missed unfortunately the flight.

    tickThey unfortunately missed the flight.

    tickThey missed the flight, unfortunately.

  3. If there’s a preposition before the verb’s object, positionthe adverb of manner either before the preposition or after the object.
  4. Examples:

    tickIt was kept harshly on the floor.

    tickIt was kept on the floor harshly.

  5. Adverb of manner should be placed immediately after the verbs that have no object.
  6. Examples:

    1. They waited patiently until the evening.
    2. Example for Adverbs of Manner
    3. He walked swiftly to reach on time.


  1. When the adjective ends in ‘ic’, the syllable ‘al’ is generally added before the suffix ending in 'ly'.
  2. Examples:

    1. drastic – drastically
    2. specific – specifically
    3. scientific – scientifically
    4. dramatic – dramatically
  3. When the adjective ends in ‘le’followed by a consonant, the letter ‘e’ changes to ‘y’.


    1. simple – simply
    2. gentle – gently
    3. terrible – terribly
  4. When the adjective ends in ‘le’ followed by a vowel, add ly to the adjective.
  5. Example:

    sole - solely

  6. For adjective that ends in ‘ll’, only the letter ‘y’is added.
  7. Example:

    full – fully

  8. For adjectives that end with the letter‘ue’, just replace ‘e’ with –ly and omitted.
  9. Example:

    true – truly

  10. When the adjective ends in ‘y’ followed by a consonant, the ‘y’ is changed to ‘i’ before placing the suffix –ly.
  11. Examples:

    1. happy – happily
    2. hungry – hungrily
    3. easy – easily
  12. There are certain words which end in ‘ly’that are mostly placed directly after the verb. They are bad, well, fast and hard.
  13. Examples:

    1. He did well in his exams.
    2. She slipped, and it hurt badly.
    3. He drove fast.
Mind map for Adverbs of Manner
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