How to Convert an Adjective to an Adverb
Daily Writing Tips
APRIL 30, 2012
How do you determine whether the adverbial form of an adjective should end in -ly or -ally ? For most adjectives, the reason to use -ally , rather than -ly , is that you’re adding -ly to a noun plus the inflection -al , which forms the adjective, as in emotionally , musically , or traditionally. You’re starting with emotion , music , or tradition , converting the noun to an adjective ( emotional , musical , or traditional ), and then adding -ly. But this process isn’t consistent.