Adverbs of manner in Spanish (bien, mal...)
Adverbs of manner (adverbios de modo) describe how an action is being performed.
They give an answer to questions starting with "how?" or "in what way?".
- ¡No hables tan alto! El niño está durmiendo. (Don't speak so loudly! The child is sleeping.)
- Alicia habla muy bien el inglés. (Alicia speaks English very well.)
Adverbs of manner generally modify the verb they refer to.
Como me duele la rodilla, camino muy despacio. (Since my knee is hurting, I walk very slowly.)
Adverbs of manner are placed after the verb they modify.
Marta canta mejor que tú. (Marta sings better than you.)
Since they modify a verb, they do not change according to the gender and number.
Some adverbs of manner are formed by adding the suffix -mente to the adjective.
- El contracto estable claramente las condiciones de trabajo. (The contract clearly states the working conditions.)
- Estoy felizmente enamorada. (I am happily in love.)
To have a more in-depth explanation, have a look at Formation of adverbs (-mente) in Spanish subpage.
List of adverbs of manner English-Spanish
|Spanish adverb||English translation||Example|
|alto||loudly||Pídele que hable más alto. (Ask him to speak more loudly.)|
|Esta cremallera se cierra así. (This zip closes like this.)|
|bajo||quietly||Hablaba tan bajo que no me enteré de nada. (He was speaking so quietly that I did not understand anything.)|
|bien||well||Amparo pinta muy bien. (Amparo paints very well.)|
|Se trata claramente de un caso de discriminación de género. (This is surely a case of gender discrimination.)|
|coscientemente||consciously||Lo hizo coscientemente. (He did it consciously.)|
to be in a hurry
|¿Estás deprisa? (Are you in a hurry?)|
|despacio||slowly||Te lo digo bien despacio. (I tell it to you very slowly.)|
|difícilmente||with difficulty||Tus objetivos son difícilmente alcanzables. (Your objectives are difficult to achieve.)|
|Hoy te ves especialmente bonita. (You look particularly pretty today.)|
|estupendamente||wonderfully||Los trenes funcionan estupendamente en Suecia. (Trains work wonderfully in Sweden.)|
|fácilmente||easily||Rafael saltó la cerca fácilmente. (Rafael jumped over the gate easily.)|
|felizmente||happily||Está felizmente casada con un chico de Valencia. (She is happily married to a guy from Valencia.)|
|fuerte||loudly||Habla fuerte que no te eschucho. (Speak loudly; I cannot hear you.)|
|slowly||Camina lento hacia atrás. (Walk slowly backwards.)|
|mal||badly||Juan habla muy mal el francés. (Juan speaks French very badly.)|
|mejor||better||Javier toca la guitarra mejor que su hermana. (Javier plays the guitar better than his sister.)|
|peor||worse||Carlos toca el piano peor que Juan. (Carlos plays the piano worse than Juan.)|
|profundamente||deeply||Tus palabras me hirieron profundamente. (Your words hurt me deeply.)|
|¡Corre tan rápido como puedas! (Run as fast as you can!)|
|silenciosamente||silently||Dejó silenciosamente la oficina. (He silently left the office.)|
|Me besó suavemente. (He softly kissed me.)|
|tristemente||sadly||Me miró tristemente. (He sadly looked at me.)|
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