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Certain adverbs end in -ément

Look at these adverbs:

aveugle - aveuglément
blind  -  blindly

énorme - énormément 
enormous  -  enormously

précise - précisément
precise  -  precisely

profonde - profondément
profound  -  profoundly

confuse - confusément 
confusing  -  confusingly

uniforme - uniformément
uniform - uniformly

commune - communément
common - commonly

intense - intensément
intense - intensely

A small number of adverbs end in -ément (i.e. with the accent).  There is no general rule so you just need to learn these.  (This list is not exhaustive but these are the most common and therefore useful).

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profonde - profondément
profound  -  profoundly


commune - communément
common - commonly


énorme - énormément 
enormous  -  enormously


intense - intensément
intense - intensely


précise - précisément
precise  -  precisely


uniforme - uniformément
uniform - uniformly


confuse - confusément 
confusing  -  confusingly


aveugle - aveuglément
blind  -  blindly


Q&A

CrystalMaiden

Kwiziq community member

3 May 2018

1 reply

There's no general rule? I thought it was to make it flow better in pronunciation, with the é.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

21 May 2018

21/05/18

Hi CrystalMaiden,


In the case of those adjectives which end in an 'e' mute , the adverb will finish in 'ément' and it does help the pronunciation to flow better but there are lots who just take 'ment' so maybe best to just learn those few listed....


Hope this helps!


 


 

engenious

Kwiziq community member

8 February 2018

1 reply

Is there a nmemonic for this?

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

14 April 2018

14/04/18

I don't know of one but perhaps you could come up with one? Or maybe put them all into a single paragraph (a rhyme perhaps) to help remember them?
Getting that for you now.