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Adverbs 3 - Adverbs that Modify Adjectives
Is the chef a TERRIFIC cook or a TERRIBLY bad one?

Adverbs 3 - Adverbs that Modify Adjectives

In the previous two quizzes we looked at adverbs that modify verbs. We were exposed to various types of adverbs that lend additional meaning to verbs. Adverbs primarily modify verbs. But adverbs are also used to modify adjectives and other adverbs. What is the role of such adverbs? It is to add more meaning to the adjective or the adverb. Let us look at some examples:

In the sentence 'My sister wore an EXQUISITELY MADE dress' the adverb EXQUISITELY modifies the adjective MADE. Here the question ‘how the dress was made’ is answered by the adverb EXQUISITELY which qualifies the adjective MADE. If the sentence were to read:

‘My sister wore a POORLY MADE dress’ then the adverb POORLY indicates how the dress was made.

From these examples you can see how adverbs which modify adjectives are useful. Now, let us look at three more sentences:

‘Our team won MOST OFTEN.'
‘The children awoke UNUSUALLY EARLY.’
‘I will PROBABLY NEVER forget you.’

In each of these sentences both the words in capitals are adverbs. The first word is an adverb that modifies the second word which is also an adverb. The use of the adverb to modify another adverb adds some more meaning to the sentence. In the second example the sentence tells us that the children do not usually awake early and this time was an exception. The use of UNUSUALLY gives us a hint as to the waking habits of children!

In the third sentence the use of the adverb PROBABLY to qualify the adverb NEVER indicates that there is a chance that I may forget you but more chances that I will not forget you.

Adverbs that modify adjectives and adverbs are a must in a person’s vocabulary to ensure communication is rendered more meaningful. In the quiz that follows, you will learn about adverbs that modify adjectives.

1.
"His brother passed by writing the --- difficult exam." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate adverb.
Extreme
Extremeier
Extremely
Extremest
The adverb form of 'extreme' is 'extremely' and it modifies the adjective 'difficult'
2.
"The chef is a --- bad cook." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate adverb.
Terrific
Terrible
Terrifical
Terribly
The adverb form of 'terrible' is 'terribly' and it modifies the adjective 'bad'
3.
"My sister wore a --- designed dress." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate adverb.
Beautifully
Beautiful
Beautifuler
Beutifullest
The adverb form of 'beautiful' is 'beautifully' and it modifies the adjective 'designed'
4.
"I am reading a --- written book." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate adverb.
Wonderful
Wonderfulest
Wonderfuler
Wonderfully
The adverb form of 'wonderful' is 'wonderfully' and it modifies the adjective 'written'
5.
"She is a --- married woman." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate adverb.
Happily
Happy
Happier
Happiest
The adverb form of 'happy' is 'happily'. The other options are still adjectives
6.
"The movie was a --- racy one." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate adverb.
Fantastic
Fantastically
Fantastical
Fantasticier
The adverb form of 'fantastic' is 'fantastically' and it modifies the adjective 'racy'
7.
"The waiter was --- bad." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate adverb.
Particular
Particularest
Particularly
Particularier
The adverb form of 'particular' is 'particularly' and it modifies the adjective 'bad'
8.
"The doctor performed the --- difficult operation of his life." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate adverb.
More
Lesser
Better
Most
Since the doctor's whole life is being considered the correct adverb is 'most', which is the superlative degree. The other options are of the comparative degree
9.
"Between the first and second cricket matches, the first one was --- interesting than the second one." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate adverb.
Most
Least
More
Best
Since two matches are being compared the comparative degree is used and 'More' is the correct answer. The other options are superlatives
10.
"The music concert was --- enjoyable." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate adverb.
Fabulous
Fabulously
Fabulousest
Fabulouser
The adverb form of 'fabulous' is 'fabulously' and it modifies the adjective 'enjoyable'
Author:  V T Narendra

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