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Forming 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

Just take the feminine form of an adjective and add -ment to the end!

franc -> franche -> franchement
sérieux -> sérieuse -> sérieusement
lent -> lente -> lentement  

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Examples and resources

sérieusement
seriously


fortement
strongly


lentement
slowly


franchement
frankly


parfaitement
perfectly


rapidement
quickly


Micro kwiz: Forming adverbs with -ment
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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 :)
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