Adverbs in Spanish | Spanish Study Guides for GCSE, CSEC, K12

Adverbs in Spanish | Spanish Study Guides for GCSE, CSEC, K12

ADVERBS in Spanish 

Just as in English, Spanish adverbs are used to modify a verb, an adjective or another adverb, that is to say, they explain when, how, where, how often or to what extent is something done. 

 

FORMATION OF SPANISH ADVERBS 

 

The formation of adverbs in Spanish is quite easy. Just as we add ‘-ly’ to the adjective in English, we have to add ‘-mente’ to the SINGULAR, FEMININE form of the adjective in Spanish. 

 

Examples:

nueva

new

 

nuevamente

newly 

 

intensa

intense

 

intensamente

intensely 

 

lenta

slow

 

lentamente

slowly 

 

Note:

There are some adjectives that do not end in ‘o’ or ‘a’. Therefore,  ‘-mente’ is simply added to the end of the adjective in these cases. 

 

Examples:

simple

simple

 

simplemente

simply 

 

feliz

happy

 

felizmente

happily              

 

ADVERB EXCEPTIONS 

Although the formation of Spanish Adverbs is a standard process, there are a few common exceptions, which do not follow the above process. 

 

Examples:     

algo

something 

 

nunca

never 

 

bastante

quite 

 

nada

nothing 

 

siempre

always 

 

muy

very 

 

poco

little 

 

demasiado

too 

 

bien

well 

 

 

ADVERB PLACEMENT 

There are many different uses for Adverbs, therefore, their position in sentences will also change. 

If the Adverb is modifying the Verb, we place the adverb AFTER the verb. 

 

Example:

Ricardo baila bien.

Ricardo dances well. 

 

Siempre comemos en este resaturante.

We always eat in this restaurant.              

 

When an adverb is modifying another adverb or an adjective, the adverb will be placed before the adverb/ adjective it modifies. 

 

Example:

Esta cama es muy grande.

This bed is very expensive. 

 

 

Home Work 

Fill in the following table with TWENTY adjectives and their corresponding adverbs. Consult your dictionary for all adjectives/ adverbs and their meanings. 

 

ADJECTIVE 

ADVERB