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Adverb formation

To form most adverbs, we generally take the feminine form of the base adjective and add "-ment".

heureuse - heureusement, claire - clairement etc.

However, if the masculin form of the base adjective ends in "-ent" or "-ant", we have to double up the "m" for the adverb ending "-mment".

récent - récemment, suffisant - suffisamment etc.

The double "m" doesn't change the pronunciation at all, it's just one of those lovely spelling exceptions you have to deal with!

May 6, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/smearedink

It also seems that in the feminine case the entire base word is maintained in front of the "-ment" ending ("heureusement," not "heurement"), whereas in the masculine case the ending is actually replaced ("récemment," not "récentemment").


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lpacker

Nice tip -- thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TonyLight

thanks, really useful tip!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/surrealix

This is a great help! Thanks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sasbrit

Great tip, Thanks


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FengziHang

This is very helpful, thanks!

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