Grammar Aquarium


Adjectives and Adverbs



Adjectives are describing words.

Adjectives are used to give more information about nouns.

For example,

the silly trousers
a pretty dress
an awful smell


Remember, don’t use too many adjectives in your writing.



Adverbs are describing words.

They are often used to tell us how a verb is performed.

Adverbs also tell us when, where, how, in what manner and to what extent a verb is performed.

For example,

The man ran quickly.
Abbie spoke softly.

Adverbs often end in ly (but not always).


They can be used to affect adjectives and other adverbs.

For example,

Sam is ridiculously clever
It was done really well.

Remember, adverbs can improve your description, but don’t use too many.


Your Turn…

1. What is an adverb?
A ball game
A second sound that you make when you’ve eaten your food too quickly
A describing word

2. What function will an adverb normally serve in a sentence?
It stops water escaping
It will give more information about a verb, adjective, or another adverb
It makes sure a fight doesn’t break out

3. What is an adjective?
A cartoon character
A sound that you make when you’ve eaten your food too quickly
A describing word

4. What function will an adjective normally serve in a sentence?
It will serve drinks
It will give more information about a noun
It will sing a nice song during hard times

5. Which two letters are commonly found at the end of adverbs?

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