Grammar - Conventions of Standard English - Adverbs
Our airplane cruised above the clouds.

Grammar - Conventions of Standard English - Adverbs

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An adverb modifies the meaning of a verb, an adjective and other adverbs. Adverbs often tell us when, where, why, how or under what conditions something happens or happened. Adverbs frequently end in 'ly'. Look at the following sentence. 'John ran across the street.' The verb here is 'ran'.

Now let's add an adverb. 'John quickly ran across the street.' Not only do we know that John ran but with the added adverb we now know how he ran. He ran 'quickly'.

Here is another example of a sentence without an adverb and then with an adverb.

'She arrived at the dance.' - 'She arrived at the dance late.'

In the first sentence the verb is 'arrived'. In this sentence we only know that she arrived at the dance but in the second sentence we learned when she arrived. She arrived 'late'.

1.
Find the correct adverb that would fit in.
Mr. Johnson ________ yelled at the class for not paying attention.
angrily
happily
wishfully
jealously
Each answer here ends in 'ly' and each answer in itself is an adverb. However, remembering that an adverb modifies a verb we must now decide which adverb would best modify the verb 'yelled'. Would it make more sense yell 'happily'? How about 'wishfully' or 'jealously'? The best adverb to modify the verb would be 'angrily'. How did Mr. Johnson yell? Mr. Johnson 'angrily' yelled
2.
Find the correct adverb that would fit in.
The little boy wrote down his name ________.
jumping
neatly
tomorrow
laughing
Adverbs modify the meaning of a verb by telling us either when, where, why or how something happens or happened. In this sentence the verb is 'wrote'. It is the past tense of the base verb to 'write'. The verb then tells us something happened in the past. Verbs that end in 'ing' tell us something that happens in the present so we can tell that 'jumping' and 'laughing' would not modify the meaning of 'wrote'. The word 'tomorrow' tells us something will happen in the future so it is also not correct. So how did the little boy write? He wrote 'neatly'.
3.
Find the correct adverb that would fit in.
He picked up the wounded soldier __________.
crying
running
shouting
carefully
In this sentence the verb is 'picked'. The words 'crying', 'running' and 'shouting' are all present tense verbs and do not modify the verb 'picked'. 'Carefully' tells us how the wounded soldier was picked up.
4.
Find the correct adverb that would fit in.
The water in the river rose to the top of the embankment _________.
hard
funny
comically
quickly
In this sentence the verb is 'rose'. In the four choices given, which one will best tell us how the water rose? It would be unlikely that it rose 'happy' or 'funny'. It would equally be unlikely that it rose 'comically'. However, it does make sense that is rose 'quickly'.
5.
Find the correct adverb that would fit in.
Alexander __________ stuffed the food into his mouth.
helpful
excitedly
hopefully
confused
In this sentence the verb is 'stuffed'. The word 'confused' is also a verb and does not modify 'stuffed'. 'Helpful' is an adjective and describes a noun. It does not modify an adverb. 'Hopefully' is an adverb but in this sentence it does not modify the verb 'stuffed' properly. 'Excitedly' is the adverb we are looking for as it tells us how Alexander stuffed his mouth.
6.
Find the correct adverb that would fit in.
Our airplane cruised ______________ above the clouds.
steadily
midway
crunching
most
In this sentence the verb is 'cruised'. 'Midway' refers to distance between two places and, therefore, it would not work with 'above'. 'Crunching' is a present tense verb. 'Most' is an adverb but does not modify 'cruised' in this sentence. If it was 'mostly' it could be used. 'Steadily' tells us how the airplane 'cruised'.
7.
Find the correct adverb that would fit in.
He believed he had solved the puzzle _________.
nestled
successfully
jubilant
awkward
In this sentence the verb is 'solved'. The word 'nested' is a past tense verb for the base verb 'nest'. The words 'jubilant' and 'awkward' are both adjectives. 'Successfully' tells us how the puzzle was solved and is the correct adverb.
8.
Find the correct adverb that would fit in.
The tree branch hung _______ to the ground.
up
around
low
sideways
In this sentence the verb is 'hung'. In trying to find the adverb we will have to see which choice will best tell us how, where, when or why. Can a branch 'hung' up? Can it 'hung' around or sideways? Most likely the answer to these is no. However, can a branch be hung 'low'? 'Low' then tells us how the branch hung.
9.
Find the correct adverb that would fit in.
Kelly ________ skated over the ice.
rough
soft
softly
can
In this sentence the verb is 'skated'. We need to determine how Kelly skated. A good clue here is to find a word that ends in 'ly'. There is only one and that is 'softly'. How did Kelly skate? 'Softly.' 'Softly' is the correct adverb.
10.
Find the correct adverb that would fit in.
My sister and I like to play _________ when we get home from school.
too
school
outside
sticky
In this sentence the verb is 'play'. The word 'too' means 'also' and does not modify the verb 'play'. The word 'school' is a noun and does not modify the verb 'play'. 'Sticky' is an adjective so it is not the correct word. The word 'outside' tells us where. An adverb will tell us 'where'. So where will my sister and I play? We will play 'outside'.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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