-mente

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Interlingua[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mente, ablative singular of mēns (mind).

Suffix[edit]

-mente

  1. Used to form adverbs from adjectives, compare English -wise, -ly or -ally.
    physicamente - physically

Derived terms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

After a final -c the vowel -a- is inserted, e.g. physicamente (note use of physica rather than physic; *physicmente would be incorrect)


Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mente, ablative singular of mēns (mind).

Suffix[edit]

-mente

  1. Used to form adverbs from adjectives, compare English -wise, -ly or -ally.
    fisicamente - physically

Derived terms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Usually, the feminine form of the adjective is used, e.g. fisicamente (note use of fisica rather than fisico; *fisicomente would be incorrect)


Neapolitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mens

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /-ˈmɛntɐ/

Suffix[edit]

-mente

  1. used to form adverbs from adjectives, compare English -ly, -wise

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mente, ablative singular of mēns (mind).

Suffix[edit]

-mente

  1. Used to form adverbs from adjectives, compare English -wise, -ly or -ally.
    • 2000, Lya Wyler (translator), J. K. Rowling (English author), Harry Potter e o Prisioneiro de Azkaban (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Rocco, page 336:
      Francamente, vão acordar todo mundo!
      Frankly, you are going to wake up everybody!

Usage notes[edit]

Usually, the feminine form of the adjective is used, e.g. fisicamente (note use of física rather than físico; *fisicomente would be incorrect)


Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈ-.men.te/ (usually stressing that syllable from original adjective)

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mente, ablative singular of mēns (mind).

Suffix[edit]

-mente

  1. -wise, -ly, in a specified way; used to form adverbs from adjectives.
    normalmente — normally, usually
    físicamente — physically
    comúnmente — commonly
    locamente — crazily

Derived terms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Adverbs in -mente are formed from the feminine singular forms of adjectives. For example, nuevamente (newly) is formed from nueva (new), and comúnmente (commonly) is formed from común (common).
  • Not all words ending in <-mente> are adverbs formed with this suffix. For example, vehemente and demente are both adjectives.
  • If the adjective is written with an accent, then the adverb with -mente is written with an accent in the same place; hence comúnmente, rápidamente, and so on. Conversely, if the adjective is written without an accent, then the adverb with -mente is also written without an accent; hence lentamente, nuevamente, and so on.
  • In a string of adverbs connected with a conjunction, -mente may be omitted from all but the last. “Vaga, rápida y descuidadamente