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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:

  • Beastly
  • Costly
  • Cowardly
  • Crassly
  • Daily (Can also be an adverb)
  • Deadly
  • Early
  • Elderly
  • Enormously
  • Fatherly
  • Fortnightly (Can also be an adverb)
  • Friendly
  • Gangly
  • Gentlemanly
  • Ghastly
  • Ghostly
  • Godly
  • Goodly
  • Greatly
  • Holy
  • Homely
  • Humanly
  • Kingly
  • Leisurely
  • Lively
  • Lonely
  • Lovely
  • Maidenly
  • Manly
  • Masterly
  • Matronly
  • Miserly
  • Monthly
  • Motherly
  • Nightly
  • Painterly
  • Poorly
  • Portly
  • Priestly
  • Princely
  • Saintly
  • Scholarly
  • Shapely
  • Silly
  • Sisterly
  • Stately
  • Timely
  • Ugly
  • Ungainly
  • Unruly
  • Unsightly
  • Unseemly
  • Unworldly
  • Vastly
  • Weekly
  • Womanly
  • Worldly
  • Yearly

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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