Week 3 Grammar: Parts of Speech—Adjectives and Adverbs

Week 3 Grammar: Parts of Speech—Adjectives and Adverbs Name



Adjectives are words that point out, describe, or limit the meaning of nouns or pronouns.

Adjectives affect the meaning of nouns or pronouns by telling (1) which one, (2) what kind of, (3) how many, (4) whose, (5) how much.


Adverbs limit the meaning of verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. They tell (1) how, (2) when, (3) where, (4) why, or (5) to what extent.

Adverbs that modify verbs are most common. Adverbs that modify adjectives strengthen or weaken the meaning of the adjectives. Ex. This candy is especially good.

Adverbs that modify other adverbs strengthen or weaken the meaning of those adverbs: Ex. We must move very cautiously.

Most adverbs are formed by adding ly to the adjective. Ex. beautiful (adj.) -- beautifully (adv.)

Adverbs that do not end in ly include: often, not, never, seldom, also, rather, almost, ever, now, so, soon, then, there, very, always, and here.

Part One: Correct Usage

Decide whether each bold word is being used correctly. If not, cross it out and correct it.

1. We are real happy to be of service to you and your family.

2. The perfume smells sweetly.

3. I feel bad about what happened.

4. Of all the holidays, this is the most joyful.

5. This wine tastes dryly to me.

6. Don’t feel too badly about what you said.

7. Life in the city is exciting, but life in the country is best.

8. If you don’t talk clear, the audience will not understand you.

9. The sweet smell of roses has no match.

10. Walk slow or you will be sorry.

Part Two: Circle the correct form of the word to complete each sentence.

11. He found his way (easy, easily) even in the dim light.

12. He is (good, well) to her.

13. She did very (good, well) on the last test.

14. They marched down the street (valiant, valiantly).

15. There are some (real, really) fine writers in this class.

16. We do not have (near, nearly) enough time to finish.

17. She is (bad, badly) about leaving the lid off the jelly.

18. I feel (bad, badly) about leaving my dog at the kennel.

19. Janice takes her job (serious, seriously).

20. Don’t take this (personal, personally), but your husband is a jerk.

Part Three: Underline the word or words modified by the bolded adjective or adverb. In the space to the right name the italicized word as Adj. or Adv.

21. The wind shifted suddenly, bringing with it a sudden torrent of rain.

22. Your car runs smoothly since you had it tuned.

23. Do you think those are real flowers in that arrangement?

24. I’m going to make a fast trip to the library to return the books.

25. Is anyone ready for a cup of tea?


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