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Formation of Adverbs in Spanish

How do you make an adverb form in Spanish?

Formation of adverbs

Adverbs are words that describe, or modify, verbs, adjectives or other adverbs.

Note: Most Spanish adverbs are formed by adding "-mente" to the feminine singular form of the adjective. This ending corresponds to -ly in English.

EnglishAdjectiveFem. FormAdverb

clear, clearlyclaro- claraclaramente

constant, constantly- constante- constante- constantemente

hard, hardly- difícildifícil- difícilmente


Note: When an adjective has a written accent, the adverb retains it.

Note: Another way to form an adverb is to use the preposition "con" + the singular form of the noun.

e.g.

cuidadoso (carefully)
cuidadosamente 
or con cuidado

perfecto (perfectly)
perfectamente or con perfección

cariñoso (affectionately)
cariñosamente or con cariño

 

Here is a list of some common ones:

bastantequite

demasiadotoo

malbadly

mucho - a lot

muyvery

nuncanever

peorworse

pocolittle

siemprealways

 

Note: When two adverbs modify the same verb, only the second one uses the "-mente" ending. Note that the first adverb is the same as the feminine singular form of the adjective.

e.g.

Paola trabaja lenta y cuidadosamente. - Paola works slowly and carefully.

El chica le habló clara y firmemente. - The girl spoke to her clearly and firmly

 

Read more about the adverbs in Spanish:

 Adverbs of Mode in Spanish

Adverbs of Time in Spanish

Adverbs of Place in Spanish

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