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Adjectives and adverbs – usage

Reading comprehension test on level 2 according to STANAG 6001Last week I conducted a lesson where I tried to explain the difference in use of adjectives and adverbs and their changeable role in a sentence. Since I’m trying out some online apps, I decided to use HotPotatoes software to prepare an online exercise illustrating the different use of both parts of speech. You can download this exercise from the download manager below and/or do it here, online.

Adjectives vs adverbs

some theory prompts

Adjectives normally describe nouns or pronouns, e.g.

He is a good boy.

In case of verbs related to our senses, they may serve as adverbs as well and then they describe verbs, e.g.

Coffee smells good.

It sounded nice to the ear.

look, feel, be follow the same rule.

Exception: I’m so sick that I cannot taste well. (the act of tasting food, not a taste of food)

Averbs normally describe verbs, sometimes adjectives, e.g.

He was completely lost.

He performed well on the exam.

They may play the role of adjectives as well, e.g.

I do not feel well.

Adjectives or adverbs – exercise

Fill in all the gaps with the proper form from brackets. 

  1. They ____________ [logical / logically] defined the terms. The proposal sounded_______ [logical / logically].
  2. They __________ [quick / quickly] adjusted the fees. They adapted _________ [quick / quickly] to a new situation.
  3. He measured the distance ____________ [exact / exactly]. It proved to be a __________ [perfect / perfectly] exact measurement.
  4. The smell of the wound was ____________ [awful / awfully]. The wound was _________ [awful / awfully] infected.
  5. It was a dangerous area to cross. The crowd was _____________ [dangerous / dangerously] hostile and the napalm smelled ___________ [dangerous / dangerously].
  6. The cannonade sounds ____________ [beautiful / beautifully]. We heard it ___________ [perfect / perfectly] from the distance.
  7. The commander was a very __________ [sensible / sensibly] person. He acted very ____________ [sensible / sensibly].
  8. The student wrote too ___________ [slow / slowly] on the exam. He always writes _________ [slow / slowly]. I didn’t know he was that _________ [slow / slowly].
  9. Talk ________ [soft / softly] or don’t talk at all. The music played ________ [soft / softly].
  10. Jake knows the enemy very ______ [good / well]. He always commands us ______ [good / well].
  11. You must do the exercises _________ [regular / regularly]. Only __________ [regular / regularly] exercises can bring desired effects.
  12. The rifles were ________ [good / well]. The commander said that the training was _________ [good / well] done.
  13. He cleared the gun __________ [careful / carefully]. He was a very ___________ [careful / carefully] soldier.
  14. He did not pass the course as ___________ [easy / easily] as he thought he would.
  15. I find this exercise very ___________ [interesting / interestingly]. It was __________ [interesting / interestingly] designed.

Interactive version of this exercise is here. You can do that online and get the feedback instantly.
You can also download it with the answers from the box below.