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”)
- 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”)
Adjective or Adverb?