Forming regular adverbs with -ment

It's very easy to form regular adverbs in French:

lentement
slowly

sérieusement
seriously

fortement
strongly

rapidement
quickly

parfaitement
perfectly

franchement
frankly

Here's the rule: 

- Take the feminine form of an adjective :

lent -> lente
franc -> franche
sérieux -> sérieuse  

- Add -ment to the end :

lente -> lentement  
franche -> franchement
sérieuse -> sérieusement

 See also the more advanced lessons about irregular adverbs:

Forming adverbs from adjectives ending in a vowel

Certain adverbs end in -ément

Bien, mal, mieux, moins, peu (irregular adverbs)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

lentement
slowly


franchement
frankly


parfaitement
perfectly


rapidement
quickly


sérieusement
seriously


fortement
strongly


Q&A

Shruti

Kwiziq community member

22 February 2018

4 replies

Je veux savoir comment placer adverbs

Chris

Kwiziq community member

23 February 2018

23/02/18

Hi Shruti,


adverbs are most frequently placed right after the conjugated verb, as in:


J'ai bien dormi. -- I slept well.
Il doit vraiment faire ses devoirs! -- He really must do his homework!


But exceptions exist. Here is a good site that explains where to place them: http://www.frenchlanguageguide.com/grammar/placement.asp


Or here, another good one: https://www.thoughtco.com/use-french-adverbs-4084828


Greetings, -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Shruti

Kwiziq community member

23 February 2018

23/02/18

Merci beaucoup 

Shruti

Kwiziq community member

23 February 2018

23/02/18

Pourquoi c’est- Aujourd’ui Je n’ai pas bien dors ? Au lieu de Aujourd’ui Je ne dors pas bien ?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

23 February 2018

23/02/18

Aujourd'hui je n'ai pas bien dormi. -- Today I didn't sleep well. 


Aujourd'hui je ne dors pas bien. -- Today I don't sleep well. 


-- Chris. 

Dave

Kwiziq community member

19 September 2016

2 replies

Est-ce qu'il y a des exceptions ou des adverbes irreguliers qui ne se terminent pas par "-ment"?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

21 September 2016

21/09/16

Bonjour Dave,

Oui, il y en a beaucoup : vite, mieux, pire, demain, jamais, moins....

Dave

Kwiziq community member

21 September 2016

21/09/16

Bonjour Laura,

J'ai réalisé qu'il y en a beaucoup quelques instants après j'ai posé la question! Je me sens un peu bête maintenant! Bien, mauvais, si, très, trop, plus... la liste continue :)
I'll be right with you...