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Forming adverbs from adjectives ending in a vowel

Look at those irregular adverbs:

C'est un refus absolu: je refuse absolument.It's an absolute refusal: I refuse absolutely.

C'est un joli décor: vous avez joliment transformé cette scène.It's a pretty set: you prettily transformed this stage.

C'est vrai: on l'a vraiment fait.It's true: we really did it.

Although regular adverbs are formed from feminine adjectives by adding -ment (see Forming regular adverbs with -ment), when the masculine form of the adjective ends in any other vowel than a silent e,  the adverb is formed from the masculine form instead of the feminine.

 

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C'est un joli décor: vous avez joliment transformé cette scène.It's a pretty set: you prettily transformed this stage.
C'est vrai: on l'a vraiment fait.It's true: we really did it.
C'est un refus absolu: je refuse absolument.It's an absolute refusal: I refuse absolutely.

Q&A Forum 2 questions, 1 answer

IvanA2Kwiziq community member

spelling of truely

vraiment ou vraiement?  I think it is vraiment -

Asked 3 days ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Ivan,

It is 'vraiment' as in the examples given in the lesson.

 

spelling of truely

vraiment ou vraiement?  I think it is vraiment -

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RogerA2Kwiziq community member

E by gum ...

Could somebody please rewrite the explanation of irregular 'e-less' adverbs, found under the example box of vraiment, etc, into shorter, clearer english?

Asked 3 months ago

E by gum ...

Could somebody please rewrite the explanation of irregular 'e-less' adverbs, found under the example box of vraiment, etc, into shorter, clearer english?

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