Adverbs and Adjectives

Adverbs and Adjectives Espresso English

The team played terribly and lost the game 6-1.

Use adjectives to describe nouns (things or people).

Use adverbs to describe verbs (how a person does something):

  • That was a terrible game. (adjective – describes “game”)
  • The team played terribly. (adverb – describes “played”)

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Common adverbs:

 

Adjective Adverb
slow

quiet

bad

beautiful

dangerous

careful

easy

healthy

good

fast

hard

slowly

quietly

badly

beautifully

dangerously

carefully

easily

healthily

well

fast

hard

Examples:

  • My grandfather drives slowly, but I drive fast.
  • The teacher spoke so quietly that I couldn’t hear her.
  • I can read English well, but I speak badly.
  • Evan lives dangerously. He loves radical sports.
  • We wrote the letter carefully so as not to make a mistake.
  • I opened the jar easily.
  • Soccer players need to eat healthily to stay in good shape.
  • Janet works very hard. She arrives at work early and leaves late.

Adjectives go before the noun. Adverbs usually go after the verb:

  • Ruth is a quiet person. (“quiet” describes “person”)
  • Ruth speaks quietly. (“quietly” describes “speaks”)

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Adjective or Adverb?

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Question 1
Helen wears very ____________ clothes.
A
stylish
B
stylishly
Question 2
Peter thinks that buying a motorcycle is a ___________ idea.
A
badly
B
bad
Question 3
George gives ______________ of his time to help poor children succeed in school.
A
generously
B
generous
Question 4
Please carry that box _______________. It has fragile electronic equipment inside.
A
carefully
B
careful
Question 5
Wanda dances ________________. I'm sure she'll be a professional ballerina someday.
A
beautiful
B
beautifully
Question 6
That part of the city isn't very _____________.
A
safe
B
safely
Question 7
Please don't talk so ____________. The baby is trying to sleep.
A
loudly
B
loud
Question 8
My husband learned to cook really ___________ after taking a culinary course.
A
good
B
well
Question 9
Should I stay in my home country or live abroad? It's a ____________ decision.
A
hard
B
hardly
Question 10
I got a ___________ score on my English grammar test - 100%!
A
perfectly
B
perfect
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