Exercise 1

Choose adjectives or adverbs of manner to complete the follwing sentences.

1 Peter is a driver. He drives very .

2 Turtles walk because they are animals.

3 A person usually speaks .

4 They are ; they are speaking .

5 Gordon plays very . He is a player.

6 He did a exam. He passed the exam .

7 We had snow yesterday. It snowed .

8 He looked at me . He has a very look.

9 We slept in our bed.

10 He plays because he is a player.



Adverbs of manner


Adjectives vs adverbs of manner

adverbs manner vs adjectives

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Adverbs of manner – use

We use adverbs of manner 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 replies)


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.



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



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.