Forming regular adverbs ending in -mente

Look at these sentences using adverbs:

Ellas son lentas: caminan lentamente.
They are slow: they walk slowly.

Los coches son rápidos: van rápidamente.
Cars are fast: they go quickly.

Ellos duermen plácidamente.
They sleep placidly.

In English you add -ly. Here's how you form regular adverbs in Spanish:

- Take the feminine form of the adjective.
- Add -mente at the end

Note that sometimes the feminine and masculine forms are the same: in that case, use the adjective as it is:

Finalmente voy a ser médico.
I'm finally going to be a doctor.

Puedes hacer los ejercicios fácilmente.
You can do the exercises easily.

Nos atienden amablemente.
They serve us kindly.

Debes atar los cordones fuertemente.
You must tie your laces tightly.

 

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Vosotros vivís felizmente.
You live happily.


Debes atar los cordones fuertemente.
You must tie your laces tightly.


Nos atienden amablemente.
They serve us kindly.


Ellos duermen plácidamente.
They sleep placidly.


Puedes hacer los ejercicios fácilmente.
You can do the exercises easily.


Ellas son lentas: caminan lentamente.
They are slow: they walk slowly.


Finalmente voy a ser médico.
I'm finally going to be a doctor.


Los coches son rápidos: van rápidamente.
Cars are fast: they go quickly.


Q&A

Habiba

Kwiziq community member

20 October 2017

3 replies

Why is it felizmente and not felizmente?

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

24 October 2017

24/10/17

Hola Habiba, could you please rephrase your question if still in doubt as you have used twice the word "felizmente"? Thanks.

Justin

Kwiziq community member

6 November 2017

6/11/17

The adverb if formed from the feminine of the adjective. Feliz ending in 'z' is the same for masculine and feminine.

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

6 November 2017

6/11/17

Hola Justin! The adjective "feliz" remains the same for masculine and feminine, therefore the only right adverb for "happily" is "felizmente". Thanks for your question!
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