Many students find it a little confusing to understand the difference between adjectives and adverbs. If you, like many others, have trouble identifying the difference, continue reading.

In this article, we are going to answer all the questions you might have and give you many examples that can clarity an adjective and an adverb.

Adjectives are primarily used to provide additional information about a noun or a pronoun, for example, people, places, animals, and things. On the other hand, adverbs are used to give you extra detail about a verb.

Adjectives and adverbs are most commonly paired because their goal is to describe more about another part of speech. After reading this quick introduction to adjectives and adverbs, students must practice and learn to properly identify them in all kinds of sentences.

If you find English grammar a little tricky, you can learn more about this subject on A Quick Guide to English Grammar or this article on the proper use of They're, There, and Their.

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Adjectives

You know that sentences need certain elements to make sense and one of these elements is nouns or pronouns. To understand how to properly use adjectives you first need to learn to identify these two.

A noun is the name of things, animals, and places, and a pronoun is used instead of a noun. Pronouns refer to nouns that have already been mentioned or are about to be mentioned.

Example of a noun in a sentence:

  • The kind girl says she won't do the presentation.

Now, simply put, an adjective describes more about a noun. This word will add and modify the meaning of the noun or pronoun it precedes or succeeds.

If we take our previous sentence:

  • The kind girl says she won't do the presentation.

You can see that kind is the adjective since it is used to describe the noun of the sentence, which is the girl. Here are other examples of adjectives in different sentences:

  • She is a terrific mother.
  • The little kid is very friendly with strangers.

You can see that both terrific and friendly are each a word that helps describe the noun of the sentence.

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Adverbs

Another element of speech and language is the verb and you need to know its correct use before you learn about adverbs. A verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence.

Example of a verb in a sentence:

  • The boy walks fast.

In the sentence above the word walks is de verb since it indicates what action the noun (the boy) is doing. Therefore, an adverb is a word that describes more about the verb, adjective, or adverb in a sentence.

If we take a look at the previous sentence:

  • The boy walks fast.

You can understand that the word fast is the adverb since it describes the verb in the sentence (walking). What you need to understand about adverbs is that they answer the questions how, when, where, why, how often, or how much.

Here are some examples:

  • She talks slowly (tells how)
  • She walks very slowly (very – tells how slowly)
  • My father arrived yesterday (tells when)
  • My father will arrive in an hour (this adverb phrase tells when)
  • We looked for her frying pan in the attic (tells where)

Here is how you use an adverb:

  1. Verb + adverb - the adverb describes a verb.
    He drove carefully on his way home.
  2. Adjective + adverb - the adverb describes an adjective.
    She bought her a dress which was horribly expensive.
  3. Adverb + adverb - the adverb describes an adverb.
    They played terribly badly last weekend.

You cannot use an adverb with the following verbs: forms of to be (am, is, was, were, will be), stay, grow, seem, feel, sound, turn, taste, smell, get, remain, become.

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Common Mistakes

There is a list of things that may confuse people about the use of an adjective and an adverb, but the most common words are good and well.

Here is the golden rule you must remember to avoid confusion:

  • Good is an adjective.
  • Well is an adverb.

Below some examples:

  • Clara is a good guitarist (adjective). This is an adjective because it refers to the noun, meaning that Clara is good at something.
  • Clara plays well (adverb). Well is an adverb because it refers to the verb, playing an instrument.
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Summary

We hope this article helped you understand these elements of language and grammar better. Remember that this is a quick guide that can help you if you are preparing a presentation about the subject in school.

Describing the difference between an adverb and an adjective narrows down to the understanding of what a noun and a verb are. We urge students to go and practice with any book and try to identify adverbs and adjectives in any sentence.

After reading this quick introduction to the subject, students must practice and learn to properly identify them in all kinds of sentences. If you practice enough, you are going to ace your exam about this subject.

If you are looking for more examples and descriptions, go check out this article titled Difference Between Adjective and Adverb.

English grammar can be tricky, but you are learning at your own pace, so don't feel frustrated if you're still a little confused. You can always reach out at school and ask for help or you can consider private tutoring as a solution.

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If you want to continue learning about English grammar, check out our articles What's the Difference Between a Hyphen and Dash and Parenthesis and Their Different Uses.

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