Adjectives and Adverbs

Adjectives give information about noun and are used:

  1.  before nouns. For example: A confident voice.
  2. with certain verbs. For example: There was complete silence.

Some common verbs in this group are be, seem, appear, look, feel, sound, taste. For example:

  • The test seemed easy.
  • You look rather tired.
  • This coffee tastes horrible.

Adverbs give information about verbs and adjectives. For example:

  • I had planned ir very carefully.
  • I began to feel terribly nervous. (also: awfully, extremely, etc.)


Complete the story by putting one word from the list below in each space.

complete   helpfully    modern
closely previous quickly
terribly confident unfortunately
straight carefully loud
nervous firmly

I still remember the first lesson I ever gave. I had planned it very (1) but as the time to sart approached, I began to feel (2) (3). There were (4) voices coming from the classroom but when I opened the door, the noise died down (5) and by the time I reached the front of the room, there was (6) silence. I introduced myself in what I hoped was a (7) voice and then turned to write my name on the board. It was a  (8) whiteboard and the (9) teacher's notes hadn't been cleaned off. A pupil pointed (10) to the board cleaner and explained that I had to press (11) on a button on the top to release a spray of water. (12) I didn't look at it (13) enough and when I pressed the button a jet of water went (14) into my eye!

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