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how to use adjectives and adverbs

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'Working hard or hardly working?'


Adverbs are used to give us more information about a verb. They give us information on how something happens or how something is done. For example:

'She cried badly when her dog died'.

'He easily climbed the wall'.

Many English adverbs end in –ly. They are often made by adding –ly to the end of an adjective: quick + ly = quickly.

Be careful!

Sometimes adjectives end in –ly. For example:

friendly, lonely and lovely.


Adjectives are used to tell us about nouns. They tell us about people and things.

'That was a bad film'.

'My exam was easy'.

adverb + adjective

Adverbs can be used with adjectives. Take a look at the following examples:


extremely expensive

incredibly surprised 

reasonably good

Now read the following sentences and decide if an adverb or adjective is needed:

  • Relax. He's a ___ driver.

  • Your brother is so ___.

  • I always work ___ during the week.

  • You ___ touched your lunch.

  • At the party everyone was ___ dressed.

  • By the time we got home I was ___ tired.

  • Han did ___ on his test.

  • I baked this cake ___ for you.

  • They have been ___ married for years.

  • It's natural to feel ___ before a job interview.