Italian Adverbs

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How Does Italian Adverbs Help You Achieve Fluency?

Understanding grammar will help you on your way to foreign language fluency. When learning the Italian language, it’s important to understand Italian grammar and the role that adverbs play in using the language.

Adverbs

Adverbs are easy in English. For most of them, you simply add “-ly” at the end of an adjective. Italian use a simple variation adding “-mente” to the end of the feminine version of the adjective.

Adjective

Masculine

Feminine

Adverb

absolute

assoluto

assoluta

assolutamente

clear

chiaro

chiara

chiaramenta

rapid

rapido

rapida

rapidamente

recent

recente

recente

recentemente

The adverb follows the verb it modifies.

I understand perfectly. Capisco perfettamente.
It is absolutely false. È assolutamente falso.

Naturally, there are some exceptions that you will need to memorize, but they are often words that are exceptions in English, as well. This will make it a little easier to red flag these words when you are just learning Italian and try to use adverbs.

always sempre
badly male
immediately subito
often spesso
quickly/early presto
so/very/a lot molto/tanto
too much troppo
well bene

Comparatives and Superlatives

Comparative adverbs follow the same guidelines as adjectives adding “più” or “meno” before adverbs, while superlative adverbs are usually formed adding “molto” before adverbs. There are irregular comparatives and superlatives adverbs, and the ones you are likely to use are the same in Italian as in English.

Base

Comparative

Superlative

male (badly)

peggio (worse)

malissimo (worst)

bene (good)

meglio (better)

benissimo (best)