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  • Adverbs of manner (slowly) – or adjectives (slow)?

    Exercise 1

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

    1Peter is a driver. He drives very .

    2Turtles walk because they are animals.

    3A person usually speaks .

    4They are ; they are speaking .

    5Gordon plays very . He is a player.

    6He did a exam. He passed the exam .

    7We had snow yesterday. It snowed .

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

    9We slept in our bed.

    10He 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.

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