Adverbs of Quality
Many adverbs describe the way in which something is done; for example,
Adverbs of quality are often replaced by their related adjective forms in speech. Though this is incorrect, it is becoming more common. For example, Usted corre rápidamente (You run quickly) will often be expressed as Usted corre rápido (You run fast).
Formation of Adverbs of Quality
You probably noticed that most of the adverbs of quality end in
Of course, not all adjectives can be turned into adverbs. Colors, for example, don't have adverb forms in Spanish; there's no such thing as “yellowly.”
When an adjective with an accent is changed to an adverb by adding -mente, the accent should stay in the original location. For example: dis-traído > distraídamente and fácil > fácilmente.
Practice: Adjective to Adverb
Change the following adjectives into adverbs. Then check your work in Appendix D.
artístico(artistic) __________ callado(quiet) __________ furioso(furious) __________ metódico(methodical) __________ delicado(delicate) __________ cómico(funny, comical) __________ libre(free) __________ básico(basic) __________ general(general) __________ religioso(religious) __________
For some extra fun, use each of these adverbs in a sentence to talk about how you, your family, friends, and/or colleagues do things. Make up some more adverbs and check your inventions in a dictionary.