Adjectives and Adverbs 1

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Welcome to your Adjectives and Adverbs 1 lesson! In this topic we talk about:

• Adverbs.

The difference between adjectives and adverbs.

• Using adverbs with adjectives.

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Adverbs

Have a look at these two sentences:

The kids are playing happily outside.

The bus got us to town quickly.

Happily and quickly are adverbs. Most adverbs are made by Adjective+LY:

Adjective: bad happy heavy quick serious
Adverb: badly happily heavily quickly seriously

Be careful! Not all words ending with +LY are adjectives. The following words are adjectives:

elderly friendly lively lonely lovely silly


The difference between adjectives and adverbs

Let’s compare adjectives and adverbs:

Adjectives are used to describe nouns: Adverbs are used to describe verbs:

James is a quick hiker.

They stayed at home due to the heavy rain.

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James hikes quickly.

They stayed at home as it was raining heavily.

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Adjectives can also be used after these verbs: BE/FEEL/LOOK/SOUND etc:

Please be careful.

His results looked really bad.

She put the papers away carefully.

He did really badly in his exams.


Using adverbs with adjectives

Adverbs can be used before adjectives:

The hotel was relatively cheap.

We arrived in the city remarkably quickly.

We understood this lesson incredibly easily.

I’m terribly sorry for what happened.

Adverbs can also be used before a past participle:

No-one was badly injured after the accident.

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