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Adverbs 01
He angrily kicked the ball.

Adverbs 01

This KS2 English quiz takes a first look at adverbs. Adverbs are words that change verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. Adverbs play several roles in English sentences. One of these is to modify (or change) the verb by making it more precise. For example, 'she stepped stealthily into the room' is not the same as 'she stepped suddenly into the room'. The adverbs, 'stealthily' and 'suddenly', alter the verb 'stepped' to create different effects.

Using adverbs can really improve your writing. As an example, using the adverb ‘angrily’ in this sentence - ‘He angrily kicked the ball’ - makes the reader want to read more to find out why he was angry.

See how well you can recognise adverbs by playing this quiz.

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1.
Find the adverbs in the following sentence.
The nurse spoke gently, but removed the bandage carelessly.
nurse, gently
spoke, carelessly
gently, carelessly
removed, bandage
'Gently' describes how the nurse spoke, while 'carelessly' describes how she removed the bandage. Compare the effect of this sentence: The nurse spoke carelessly, but removed the bandage gently.
2.
Find the adverbs in the following sentence.
She tried hard, but failed to hit the target.
hard
failed
hit
the
'Hard' changes the verb 'tried', so here it is an adverb. In the phrase, 'the hard ground', 'hard' is an adjective because it describes the noun 'ground'.
3.
Find the adverbs in the following sentence.
Slipping on the treacherous ice, my sister landed awkwardly.
Slipping
treacherous
landed
awkwardly
'Landed' is the verb and 'awkwardly' describes how she landed.
4.
Find the adverbs in the following sentence.
She whispered the secret carefully into her best friend's ear.
whispered
carefully
best
ear
'Carefully' is an example of an adverb which has been formed by adding the suffix, '-ly', to the end of an adjective.
5.
Find the adverbs in the following sentence.
The syrup oozed sloppily down the sides of the bottle.
syrup
oozed
sloppily
of
'Oozed' is the verb and 'sloppily' describes how the syrup oozed.
6.
Find the adverbs in the following sentence.
They gazed absentmindedly at their feet during the teacher's fifth explanation of the work.
absentmindedly
fifth
explanation
of
The word 'absentmindedly' is 14 letters long and means lost in thought or distractedly.
7.
Find the adverbs in the following sentence.
The car went so fast, it appeared to be a blur.
went, fast
so, fast
appeared, blur
be, blur
'So' and 'fast' are both adverbs here.
8.
Find the adverbs in the following sentence.
He shouted loudly for help.
He
shouted
loudly
for
I hope someone came to help him!
9.
Find the adverbs in the following sentence.
The team played poorly because many players were injured.
played
poorly
players
were
'Poorly' changes the verb 'played' - it describes how the team played.
10.
Find the adverbs in the following sentence.
"Who broke the dish?" my little brother asked innocently.
Who
broke
little
innocently
'Innocently' affects the verb 'asked' - it describes how the question was asked.

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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