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.
Regular adverbs in Spanish
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.
Ustedes deben tirar suavemente.You must pull gently.
Important note on accents in regular adverbs in Spanish:
If the adjective has a written accent, when forming the regular adverb ending in -mente, you need to keep the written accent.
rápido - rápidamente
quick - quickly
fácil - fácilmente
easy - easily
cómodo - cómodamente
comfortable - comfortably
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