spelling: -ly Posted on By We often change an adjective into an adverb by adding -ly. late lately right rightly hopeful hopefully real really (NOT seaiy) definite definitely complete completely(NOT completly) -y changes to -i- . happy happily easy easily dry drily If an adjective ends in -Ie, we change -/eto -ly. idle idly noble nobly If an adjective ends in -ic, the adverb ends in -icaiiy. tragic tragically Exceptions: truly, wholly, fully, shyly, publicly.