Exercise 2

Complete the follwing sentences with the correct adjectives or adverbs of manner.

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1 He normally drives very _____.

a.
b.
c.

2 I passed _____.

a.
b.
c.

3 The people in this company work very _____.

a.
b.
c.

4 She is a _____ teacher.

a.
b.
c.

5 She teaches English very _____.

a.
b.
c.

 

 

Adverbs of manner

 

Adjectives vs adverbs of manner

 
adverbs manner vs adjectives
 

Adverbs of manner – use

 
We use adverbs of manner after after a verb to describe the verb. We use an adverb of manner to say how something happens or how we do something.

  • It rained heavily. (=We are describing how it rained.)
  • He always replies quickly. (=We are describing how he walks)

 

Adverbs of manner – position

 
We use adverbs of manner after the verb or, if there is an object, after verb + object.

  • He drives carefully.
  • She plays the guitar well

 

very, really, quite

 
We can use very, really, quite before an adverb of manner.

  • It rained quite heavily
  • He drives quite carefully
  • She plays the guitar really well.

 

Adjectives

 
We use adjectives before a noun or after the verb be. You can review the topic of adjectives here.

  • This is an expensive guitar
  • This guitar is expensive

 

Adverbs of manner vs adjectives

 

Difference

 
We use adjectives to describe a noun (before a noun or after the verb be), and we use adverbs of manner to describe a verb (after the verb or verb + object). Compare:

  • Robert plays the guitar well. (=We are describing the verb, i.e. how Robert plays the guitar.)
  • Robert is a good guitar player. (=We are describing the noun, Robert.)
  • Sara eats slowly
  • Sara is a slow eater. 

 

Adjectives ending in -ly

 
Some words end in -ly, but they are adjectives, NOT adverbs: friendly, lovely, silly. We CANNOT transform these adjectives into adverbs of manner.
 


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