Adjectives and Adverbs
What is an Adjective?
Adjectives are words that describe the qualities or states of being of nouns: enormous, doglike, silly, yellow, fun, fast. They can also describe the quantity of nouns: many, few, millions, eleven.
Adjectives tell the reader how much—or how many—of something you’re talking about, which thing you want passed to you, or which kind of something you want.
Choose the adjective(s) in the sentence below:
Margot wore a beautiful hat to the pie-eating contest.
Practice Question 1 Review
In previous question, both "beautiful" and "pie-eating" are adjectives because they both describe nouns.
"beautiful" tells the reader the quality of the hat
"pie-eating" tells the reader which contest
Write the adjective(s) in the sentence below:
The tall, slim girl proudly waved her Jamaican flag.
Practice Question 2 Review
In previous question, tall, slim, and Jamaican are all adjectives
"tall and slim" give us a physical description of the girl, while "Jamaican" tells us witch flag.
What is an Adverb?
An adverb is a word that modifies (describes) a verb (he sings loudly), an adjective (very tall), another adverb (ended too quickly), or even a whole sentence (Fortunately, I had brought an umbrella). Adverbs often end in -ly, but some (such as fast) look exactly the same as their adjective counterparts.
Adverbs typically express manner, place, time, frequency, degree, level of certainty, etc., answering questions such as how?, in what way?, when?, where?, and to what extent?.
Choose the adverb(s) in the sentence below:
The sound he made as he slept was barely noticeable.
Practice Question 3 Review
In the question "barely" is the adverb.
"Barely" tells us to what degree the sound is noticeable.
Write the adverb(s) in the sentence below:
He stumbled sleepily across the floor and reached the coffee thirstily.
Practice Question 4 Review
In the question "sleepily" and "thirstily" are the adverbs.
"Sleepily" tells us how he stumbled and "thirstily" tells us how he reached for the coffee.
The shrew is a small, ferocious mammal.
Ferocious is a:
Everyone I know thought the movie was terribly boring and almost too long to bear.
Too is a:
The lion tamers approached the escaped lioness very carefully.
Very is a:
In the empty house, dried flowers hung on the faded yellow wall.
Dried is a:
I ran out of the house so fast I forgot to pack my running shoes.
Running is a: