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Adding -ly

We often make an adverb by adding -ly to an adjective, for example: quick > quickly.

Spelling Rule
Just add -ly to the end of the adjective:

  • coy > coyly
  • loud > loudly
  • beautiful > beautifully
  • senseless > senselessly
  • intelligent > intelligently


If the adjective ends in:

do this:

and add:

For example:




full > fully

consonant + -le

remove the final -e


terrible > terribly

-y (except 1-syllable adjectives)

remove the -y


happy > happily

Note: 1-syllable adjectives ending in -y are regular, except:
day > daily
gay > gaily

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