Spanish Adverbs ending in “-mente”

This is a short lesson about Spanish Adverbs ending in “-mente”, such as “normalmente”, “simplemente”, etc.

These adverbs ending in “-mente” are the equivalent to the English adverbs ending in “ly”: “normally”, “simply”…

But how do we form these adverbs? It’s quite easy!


Forming Adverbs ending in “-mente”

To from and adverb that ends in “-mente”, you have to follow this process:

  1. Think of any Spanish adjective
  2. Take the feminine form of that adjective
  3. Attach “-mente” at the end of that feminine form. Done!


We will now go through it step by step.


1. Think of any Spanish adjective

I just thought of these 4 adjectives!

  • Desgraciado = unfortunate
  • Intenso = intense
  • Fácil = easy
  • Alegre = happy


2. Take the feminine form of that adjective

Out of the 4 adjectives I thought, the first two have a feminine form which is different to the masculine. For the other two, the feminine form is the same as the masculine:

AdjectiveFeminine Form


3. Attach “-mente” at the end of that feminine form. Done!

This is the final step. Let’s complete our table and see the final result:

AdjectiveFeminine FormAdverb ending in "-mente"


We have completed the process and have obtained 4 adverbs ending in “-mente”:

  • Desgraciadamente = unfortunately
  • Intensamente = intensely
  • Fácilmente = easily
  • Alegremente = happily

Some example sentences

Finally, here are some sentences which include the 4 adverbs ending in “-mente” that we just created:

Desgraciadamente, este año no tengo tiempo para viajar. = Unfortunately, I don’t have time to travel this year.

Ella trabaja intensamente. = She works intensely.

Paula resolvió fácilmente el problema. = Paula solved the problem easily.

Los niños cantaban alegremente. = The children were singing happily.


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