English Grammar: «Adjectives ending in ly»
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In English, there are many adjectives that end in "-ly" and yet are not adverbs.
As many adverbs often end in -ly, adjectives ending in -ly can easily get mistaken for adverbs.
Adjectives ending in -ly[edit | edit source]
Here is a list of common adjectives ending in -ly:
- Daily (Can also be an adverb)
- Fortnightly (Can also be an adverb)
What is an adjective?[edit | edit source]
An adjective is a word that modifies a noun. Adjectives may come before the word they change.
- Example: "It is a cute dog."
Adjectives may also follow the word they modify:
- Example: "That cat looks nice."
What is an adverb?[edit | edit source]
An adverb is a word that modifies verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.
Adverbs answer how, when, where, why, or to what extent—how often or how much (e.g., daily, completely).
- Examples: "He walks slowly" (tells how)
How to change an adjective ending in -ly into an adverb?[edit | edit source]
Many adverbs are formed from adjectives by adding the ending -ly:
- beautiful becomes beautifully
- bad become badly
However, adjectives ending in -ly cannot be turned into adverbs by adding -ly.
You need to use a different structure like in the example below :
- lovely becomes in a lovely way.
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