Italian adverbs of manner (good, bad, so)
Adverbs of manner (gli avverbi di modo) describe how an action is carried out.
Adverbs of manner are the most used adverbs in the Italian language.
Italian adverbs of manner list
Take a look at some common manner adverbs.
Italian adverbs of manner formation
Adverbs of manner are generally formed by adding the suffix -mente to qualifying adjectives on their singular feminine form ending in -a:
|Masculine adjective||Feminine adjective||Adverb||English|
|Onesto / Sincero||Onesta / Sincera||Onestamente / Sinceramente||Honestly|
Here are some common exception when it comes to the formation of adverbs of manner with the suffix -mente.
Adjectives ending in -e
To form adverbs with adjectives ending in -e simply add the suffix -mente.
Adjectives ending in vowel + le/re
To form adverbs with adjectives ending in vowel + le/re, drop the final -e of the adjective and add the suffix -mente.
Masculine adjectives used ad adverbs
Some masculine adjectives can be used as adverbs without adding the suffix -mente.
The translation in English is generally carried out with the expression "way".
Lui parla chiaro.
He talks in a clear (straighforward) way.
It's still possible to add the suffix -mente, the meaning remains unchanged.
Lui parla chiaramente.
He talks clearly (straightforward).
Some adverbs have completely irregular formations; they must be learned by heart.
Leggero → Leggermente
Light → Lightly
Violento → Violentemente
Violent → Violently
Adverbial phrases (expressions with adverbs)
An adverbial phrase is a construction of two or more words that act as an adverb.
Let's see some examples with adverbs of manner.
|A squarciagola||At the top of one's lungs|
|Di/In fretta||In a hurry|
|A piedi||On foot|
|Così così||So and so|
|Nè bene, nè male||Not good, not bad|
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