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FORMING ADVERBS FROM ADJECTIVES

In most cases, an adverb is formed by adding -ly to an adjective

Adjective Adverb

cheap cheaply

quick quickly

slow slowly

If the adjective ends in -y, replace the y with i and add -ly

Adjective Adverb

easy easily

angry angrily

happy happily

lucky luckily

If the adjective ends in -able, -ible, or -le, replace the -e with -y.

Adjective Adverb

probable probably

terrible terribly

gentle gently

If the adjective ends in -ic, add -ally. Exception: public -> publicly

Adjective Adverb

basic basically

tragic tragically

economic economically

Some adverbs have the same form as the adjective: early, fast, hard, high, late, near, straight, &
wrong

It is a fast car.

He drives very fast.

This is a hard exercise.

He works hard.

We saw many high buildings.


The bird flew high in the sky.

Well is the adverb that corresponds to the adjective good.

He is a good student.

He studies well.

She is a good pianist.

She plays the piano well.

They are good swimmers.

They swim well.

1. Tom is (slow) . He works .

2. Sue is a (careful) girl. She climbed up the ladder .

3. The dog is (angry) . It barks .

4. He acted (excellent) . He's an actor.

5. They learn English (easy) . They think English is


an language.

6. Max is a (good) singer. He sings .

7. It's (awful) cold today. The cold wind is .

8. Dogs rely on their noses as they can smell (extreme / good) . If that is
true, why does dog food smell so (terrible) ?

9. The little boy looked (sad) . I went over to comfort him and he looked at
me .

10. I tasted the soup (careful) but it tasted (wonderful) .


Construct adverbs out of the adjectives.

1. quiet →
2. wild →
3. whole →
4. funny →
5. good →

Turn the underlined adjective into an adverb, and type the adverb in the space.

1. Your English is perfect. You speak English .


2. I am so healthy because I eat .
3. Bob is a friendly boy. He greets everybody .
4. My dad is an early bird, he gets up every day.
5. One question in the test was so difficult, I could only answer it .

Choose the correct comparative form of the adverb.

1. The little girl can shout (loudly) than her big brother.
2. She works (well) than her collegues.
3. In this picture, you are the one that smiles (happily) of all.
4. I cook (badly) than he does.
5. After ten years he loved his wife even (much) than at the beginning of
their relationship.

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