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Incorrect: She did good on her exam. In the sentence above, the verb did is modified by an adjective goodwhen it should be modified by an adverb well. Correct: She did well on her exam. Many adverbs are formed by adding a suffix -ly at the end of an adjective:. Change close to closely. Change patient to patiently. Adjectives usually tell what kindhow manyor which about nouns or pronouns. An adverb is a part of speech that modifies a another adverb, a verb, or an adjective.
It is often recognized by the suffix -ly at the end of it. Adjectives usually describe an action in terms of howwhenwhereand to what extent it occurred. To avoid an error, identify what word the adverb or adjective in question modifies. If the word modified is a noun or a pronoun, use an adjective. If the word modified is a verb, an adjective, or another adverb, use an adverb to modify it. Bad is an adjective used with linking verbs such as feel, seem, be, look, etc. Incorrect: I feel badly that he is not taking part in the game.
Correct: I feel bad that he is not taking part in the game. Incorrect: Sometimes Hollywood romance ends bad. Correct: Sometimes Hollywood romance ends badly. Calm is an adjective, and it is used to modify nouns and pronouns.
It is also used with linking verbs. Incorrect: She appeared calmly after the accident. Correct: She appeared calm after the accident. Incorrect: She tried to be brave and take the bad news calm. Correct: She tried to be brave and take the bad news calmly. Easy is an adjective used to modify nouns and pronouns. Incorrect: The asment looked easily. Correct: The asment looked easy.
Incorrect: The players were moving easy around the field. Correct: The players were moving easily around the field. Incorrect: It felt well to score an A on the final. Correct: It felt good to score an A on the final. Well, when used as an adjective, implies "in good health. Correct: My grandmother looks well even now in her eighties. Incorrect: My friend plays the piano good. Correct: My friend plays the piano well. Really is an adverb, and it modifies other adverbs, verbs, or adjectives. It has a meaning of "very. Incorrect: Students did real well on the midterm.
Correct: Students did really well on the midterm. Real is an adjective, and can be used to modify nouns or noun phrases. It has a meaning of "true or genuine. Incorrect: Students took a really midterm last week. Correct: Students took a real midterm last week. Slow can be used as an adjective and as an adverb.
In the first example, slow is an adverb and in the second one, it is an adjective. Correct: The traffic is moving slow. This is a slow dance. Slowly is only an adverb.
It can replace slow anywhere it is used as an adverb. Slowly also appears in sentences with auxiliary verbs where slow cannot be used. Incorrect: He has been slow recovering from his knee injury. Correct: He has been slowly recovering from his knee injury. Sometimes, the use of a certain adverb requires the inversion of the subject and the verb.
If a sentence begins with a negative adverb or an adverb with I want some real bad meaning, it must have an inverted word order. Correct: Never before have I encountered such persistence in a student. Correct: Seldom do we come across such talent. Toggle Main Main. Topics Grammar Punctuation Organization Style. Glossary Useful Links References. Many adverbs are formed by adding a suffix -ly at the end of an adjective: Change close to closely Change patient to patiently Some adverbs and adjectives are, however, identical in form: Adjectives a rough draft Adverbs play rough first exam ride first right hand turn right.
An adjective is a part of speech that modifies a noun or pronoun. Sometimes an adverb is confused with an adjective similar in meaning. Bad or Badly Bad is an adjective used with linking verbs such as feel, seem, be, look, etc. Badly is an adverb used to modify action verbs. Calm or Calmly Calm is an adjective, and it is used to modify nouns and pronouns. Calmly is an adverb that modifies verbs.
Easy or Easily Easy is an adjective used to modify nouns and pronouns. Easily is an adverb, and it is used to modify verbs. Good or Well Good is an adjective. It is also often used with linking verbs. Slow or Slowly Slow can be used as an adjective and as an adverb. Adverb Placement in Sentences Sometimes, the use of a certain adverb requires the inversion of the subject and the verb.
Some other adverbs with restrictive meaning that require inversion of the verb and subject are: hardly ever hardlyI want some real bad
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