How to use the suffix –ly

Adding the suffix -ly

Suffixes are letters that can be added to the end of words to change their meaning.

  • Adding the suffix -ly, turns an adjective into an adverb

'nice' becomes 'nicely'

  • If the word ends with 'y', the 'y' becomes an 'i', and then add -ly

'happy' becomes 'happily'

  • If the word ends with 'le', drop the 'le' and add -ly

'terrible' becomes 'terribly'

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