Adverbs Practice Sheet 1
Adverbs are words that modify
- a verb (He drove slowly. — How did he drive?)
- an adjective (He drove a very fast car. — How fast was his car?)
- another adverb (She moved quite slowly down the aisle. — How slowly did she move?)
As we will see, adverbs often tell when, where, why, or under what conditions something happens or happened. Adverbs frequently end in -ly; however, many words and phrases not ending in -ly serve an adverbial function and an -ly ending is not a guarantee that a word is an adverb. The words lovely, lonely, motherly, friendly, neighborly, for instance, are adjectives:
- That lovely woman lives in a friendly neighborhood.
Fill in the following adverbs in sentence gaps:
- Come here ________________. You have to see this!
- We knew that she had got the job when we saw her ________________ talking on the phone.
- He ________________ put the vase on the table. It fell to the floor.
- Sharon is throwing a party on Saturday. She ________________ finished her PhD.
- Let's walk ________________. I don't want to be the first one at the meeting.
- Alex ________________ put up the bookshelves. It was too difficult for me to do on my own.
- Every thing happened so ________________. We had to move to California in less than a month.
- Why does he always have to talk so ________________. You can hear him in the next room!
- Although she speaks five languages, she did not do ________________ on the translation exam.
- I was so surprised. His new apartment was ________________ decorated.