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Adverbs of manner in Spanish (bien, mal...)

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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.)

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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.

Adverb formation

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 adverbEnglish translationExample
altoloudlyPídele que hable más alto. (Ask him to speak more loudly.)

like this

like that

this way

Esta cremallera se cierra así. (This zip closes like this.)
bajoquietlyHablaba tan bajo que no me enteré de nada. (He was speaking so quietly that I did not understand anything.)
bien wellAmparo 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 consciouslyLo hizo coscientemente. (He did it consciously.)


to be in a hurry

¿Estás deprisa? (Are you in a hurry?)
despacioslowlyTe lo digo bien despacio. (I tell it to you very slowly.)
difícilmentewith difficultyTus objetivos son difícilmente alcanzables. (Your objectives are difficult to achieve.)



Hoy te ves especialmente bonita. (You look particularly pretty today.)
estupendamentewonderfullyLos trenes funcionan estupendamente en Suecia. (Trains work wonderfully in Sweden.)
fácilmenteeasilyRafael saltó la cerca fácilmente. (Rafael jumped over the gate easily.)
felizmentehappilyEstá felizmente casada con un chico de Valencia. (She is happily married to a guy from Valencia.) 
fuerteloudlyHabla fuerte que no te eschucho. (Speak loudly; I cannot hear you.)



slowlyCamina lento hacia atrás. (Walk slowly backwards.)
malbadlyJuan habla muy mal el francés. (Juan speaks French very badly.)
mejorbetterJavier toca la guitarra mejor que su hermana. (Javier plays the guitar better than his sister.)
peorworseCarlos toca el piano peor que Juan. (Carlos plays the piano worse than Juan.)
profundamentedeeplyTus palabras me hirieron profundamente. (Your words hurt me deeply.)





¡Corre tan rápido como puedas! (Run as fast as you can!)
silenciosamentesilentlyDejó silenciosamente la oficina. (He silently left the office.)



Me besó suavemente. (He softly kissed me.)
tristementesadlyMe miró tristemente. (He sadly looked at me.)


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