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Adjective or Adverb?

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What can you remember about the difference between adjectives and adverbs? Here's a quick reminder:

An adjective describes a noun or pronoun: "That boy is so loud!"

An adverb describes a verb or anything apart from a noun and pronoun: "That boy speaks so loudly!"

Adverbs are used to answer how questions e.g. "How does he talk? - He talks loudly."

Flowers smell sweet or flowers smell sweetly, which is correct? Smell sweet is correct because we it describes the smell of flowers. Smell sweetly tells how a rose smells i.e. flowers do not have noses so they cannot smell!!

"Fresh bread smells great" (adjective) - I am describinng my opinion on fresh bread

"I smell terribly because I have a cold" (adverb) - I am not able to use my nose to smell things because of my cold.

In the following sentences, see if you can decide whether you need an adjective or an adverb. Work carefully!

  • 1. Don't drive ___. You may hurt someone.



  • 2. Your house is very ___ to mine.



  • 3. The ballerina dances ___.



  • 4. The monkey moved ___ from branch to branch.



  • 5. Your sister is being very ___. Please ignore her.



  • 6. Listen ___ to what I am about to say.



  • 7. You can learn English ___if you practise every day!



  • 8. The dictionary you gave me was very ___in class today.



  • 9. I don't know what you want from me, ___.!



  • 10. Go and tidy your room, don't be so ___!