Saturday, June 16, 2012

Adjectives vs. Adverbs

Do you know the difference between an adjective and an adverb?
An adjective modifies or describes a noun or a pronoun.

e.g. The big dog was very scary.  (the adjective "big" describes the dog)

An adverb modifies or describes a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.  It usually gives us information that answers the "when", "how", "where" of a senctence.

e.g. The boy ran quickly to tell his mother what had happened.  (how did the boy run?)

Usually, adverbs end in "ly".  You can take most adjectives and add the -ly ending to make it into an adverb:
quick - quickly
slow - slowly
happy - happily
Some exceptions may apply.  For example, the word "good" becomes "well" when you turn it into an adverb:
She speaks French well.  (answers "how does she speak French?")

Please read my story of adjectives and adverbs which I created on Storybird.  You will find the list of adjectives and adverbs used in the story at the end:

Try this grammar exercise to test your understanding of adjectives and adverbs.