Some adverbs have two forms which are used in different ways. One form ends in –ly while the other form doesn’t end in –ly. All the forms without the –ly endings can also be used as adjectives.  

 

cheap cheaply
close closely
deep deeply
direct directly
free freely
hard hardly
high highly
last lastly
late lately
loud loudly
low lowly
near nearly
real really
right rightly
sharp sharply
short shortly
strong strongly
tight tightly
wide widely
wrong wrongly

 

 

Examples:

  • The boss told him he was free to leave if he wasn't happy working there. (Adjective)
  • My barber friend let me have a haircut for free. (Adverb)
  • He freely admitted to his mother that he had escaped from the prison. (Adverb)

Examples:

  • I am unlikely to own a car in the near future. (Adjective)
  • Don’t go too near to the tree; it could be struck by lightning. (Adverb)
  • The son is nearly as skinny as his father. (Adverb)

Examples:

  • Let's walk the short distance to the library. (Adjective)
  • We had to cut short the boat trip when everyone complained of feelings of seasickness. (Adverb)
  • They had a real fight shortly before their marriage. (Adverb)