Adverbs of Manner

The function of adverbs of manner

Adverbs of manner describe the manner in which actions have occurred. They let us know how something has happened. 

  • They shouted angrily. 
  • He walked slowly up the stairs.
  • She crept silently into the meeting room.

There is some flexibility in syntax with adverbs of manner – they can come before the verb or at the end of a sentence. However, they cannot occur between the verb and the object.


  • She finished speedily the article. (Wrong)
  • She finished the article speedily. (Right)
  • She speedily finished the article. (Right)