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 Forum 4 questions, 7 answers

BoA1

I don't understand the point of the lesson. When do you ad an a and when don't you?

Asked 5 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Bo

The lesson is saying that the general rule is to take the feminine form of the adjective (ending in -a, e.g rápida, mágica, clara, ...) and add -mente, but if the adjective is the same for masculine and feminine, you just take that form, e.g feliz, legal, elegante... and add -mente to it. 

rápidamente, mágicamente, claramente...

felizmente, legalmente, elegantemente... (these don't have a form for masculine and a form for feminine, they are the same, so "la mujer feliz, el hombre feliz" for example.

Hope this helps

Saludos

Inma

I don't understand the point of the lesson. When do you ad an a and when don't you?

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I keep failing miserably at this because I don't know the adjectives. Where is a beginner lesson on adjectives that I should learn before this lesson?

Asked 6 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Lyndsey

Don't worry, here is a link with some information about adjectives in Spanish and a list of lessons at the bottom all related to "adjectives", different types, their form and their usage.

Adjetivo

I hope it helps,

Inma

 

 

Thank you!

I keep failing miserably at this because I don't know the adjectives. Where is a beginner lesson on adjectives that I should learn before this lesson?

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Me is para la first persona singular, por qué pone? por favor

Asked 9 months ago
SilviaKwiziq language super star

¡Hola Roger! Could you please tell us what is your full question?

Gracias, Silvia.

Me is para la first persona singular, por qué pone? por favor

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Why is it felizmente and not felizmente?

Asked 1 year ago
SilviaKwiziq language super star
Hola Habiba, could you please rephrase your question if still in doubt as you have used twice the word "felizmente"? Thanks.
The adverb if formed from the feminine of the adjective. Feliz ending in 'z' is the same for masculine and feminine.
SilviaKwiziq language super star
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!

Why is it felizmente and not felizmente?

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