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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.

Adverbs practice:

Fill in the following adverbs in sentence gaps:

slowly carefully beautifully well
loudly carelessly easily excitedly
finally suddenly quickly quietly

  1. Come here ________________. You have to see this!
  2. We knew that she had got the job when we saw her ________________ talking on the phone.
  3. He ________________ put the vase on the table. It fell to the floor.
  4. Sharon is throwing a party on Saturday. She ________________ finished her PhD.
  5. Let's walk ________________. I don't want to be the first one at the meeting.
  6. Alex ________________ put up the bookshelves. It was too difficult for me to do on my own.
  7. Every thing happened so ________________. We had to move to California in less than a month.
  8. Why does he always have to talk so ________________. You can hear him in the next room!
  9. Although she speaks five languages, she did not do ________________ on the translation exam.
  10. I was so surprised. His new apartment was ________________ decorated.

Answer Key

  1. quickly
  2. excitedly
  3. carelessly
  4. finally
  5. slowly
  6. easily
  7. suddenly
  8. loudly
  9. well
  10. beautifully


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