Spanish Adverbs ending in “-mente”

Spanish Adverbs ending in “-mente”, such as «normalmente», «simplemente»…  are the equivalent to the English adverbs ending in «ly»: normally, simply, etc.

In this lesson, we will learn how to form these adverbs.

Forming Adverbs ending in «-mente»

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

  1. Think of a Spanish adjective
  2. Take the feminine form of that adjective
  3. Attach «-mente» at the end of that feminine form

Let’s take a few examples and go through the process.

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
desgraciadodesgraciada
intensointensa
fácilfácil
alegrealegre

3. Attach «-mente» at the end of that feminine form

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

AdjectiveFeminine FormAdverb ending in "-mente"
desgraciadodesgraciadadesgraciadamente
intensointensaintensamente
fácilfácilfácilmente
alegrealegrealegremente

We have completed the process and have obtained 4 adverbs ending in «-mente»:

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




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.