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Complete the sentences with adverbs. The first letter(s) of each adverb are given.

1. We didn't go out because it was raining hea__________.

2. Our team lost the game because we played very ba______________.

3. I had little difficulty finding a place to live. I found a flat quite ea___________________.

4. We had to wait for a long time but we didn't complain. We waited pa______________________.

5. Nobody knew George was coming to see us. He arrived unex_____________________________.

6. Mike keeps fit by playing tennis reg_____________________.

Put in the right word.

1. The driver of the car was __________________________injured. (serious/seriously)

2. The driver of the car had __________________________ injuries. (serious/seriously)

3. I think you behaved very __________________________ (selfish/selfishly)

4. Rose is ___________________________ I upset about losing her job. (terrible/terribly)

5. There was a __________________________ change in the weather. (sudden/suddenly)

6. Everybody at the party was __________________________dressed. (colourful/colourfully)

7. Linda likes wearing _______________________________ clothes. (colourful/colourfully)

8. She fell and hurt herself quite ________________________. (bad/badly)

9. He says he didn't do well at school because he was _______________________ taught. (bad/badly)

10. Don't go up that ladder. It doesn't look __________________________________. (safe/safely)

11. He looked at me ______________________________ when I interrupted him. (angry/angrily)

Complete each sentence using a word from the list. Sometimes you need the adjective (careful etc.) and sometimes the adverb (carefully etc.).

careful(ly) complete(ly) continuous(ly) financial(ly) fluent(ly) happy/happily nervous(ly) perfect(ly) quick(ly) special(1y)

1. Our holiday was too short. The time passed very ____________________________.

2. Tom doesn't take risks when he's driving. He's always ________________________.

3. Sue works ______________________________ She never seems to stop.

4. Alice and Stan are very _______________________ married.

5. Monica's English is very ______________________________ although she makes quite a lot of mistakes.

6. I cooked this meal ___________________________________ for you, so I hope you like it.

7. Everything was very quiet. There was ____________________________________silence.

8. I tried on the shoes and they fitted me __________________________________.

9. Do you usually feel ________________________________ before examinations?

10. I'd like to buy a car but it's _____________________________ impossible for me at the moment.

Choose two words (one from each box) to complete each sentence.

Adjective: absolutely reasonably unusually badly seriously unnecessarily completely slightly

Adverb: cheap enormous planned changed ill quiet damaged long

1. I thought the restaurant would be expensive but it was ___________________________________.

2. George's mother is ________________________________ in hospital.

3. What a big house! It's ____________________________.

4. It wasn't a serious accident. The car was only____________________________________.

5. The children are normally very lively but they're ________________________________ today.

6, When I returned home after 20 years, everything had _______________________________.

7. The film was _____________________________________. It could have been much shorter.

8. A lot went wrong during our holiday because it was ______________________________________.


Adjectives and adverbs (2) (well/fast/late, hard/hardly)

A. Good/well

Good is an adjective. The adverb is well:

* Your English is good. but You speak English well.

* Susan is a good pianist. but Susan plays the piano well.

We use well (not 'good') with past participles (dressed/known etc.):

well-dressed well-known well-educated well-paid

But well is also an adjective with the meaning 'in good health':

* 'How are you today?', 'I'm very well, thanks.' (not 'I'm very good')

B. Fast/hard/late

These words are both adjectives and adverbs:


* Jack is a very fast runner. * Ann is a hard worker. * The train was late.


* Jack can run very fast. * Ann works hard. (not 'works hardly') * I got up late this morning.

Lately = 'recently'

* Have you seen Tom lately?

C. Hardly

Hardly = very little, almost not. Study these examples:

* Sarah was rather unfriendly to me at the party. She hardly spoke to me. (= she spoke to me very little, almost not at all)

* George and Hilda want to get married but they've only known each other for a few

days. I don't think they should get married yet. They hardly know each other. (= they know each other very little)

Hard and hardly are completely different. Compare:

* He tried hard to find a job but he had no luck. (= he tried a lot, with a lot of effort)

* I'm not surprised he didn't find a job. He hardly tried to find one. (= he tried very little)

We often use hardly + any/anybody/anyone/anything/anywhere:

* A: How much money have you got? B: Hardly any. (= very little, almost none)

* I'll have to go shopping. We've got hardly any food.

* The exam results were very bad. Hardly anybody in our class passed. (= very few students passed, almost nobody passed)

* She ate hardly anything. She wasn't feeling hungry. (= she ate very little, almost nothing) Note the position of hardly. You can say: * She ate hardly anything. or She hardly ate anything.

* We've got hardly any food. or We've hardly got any food. We often use can/could + hardly. I can hardly do something = it's almost impossible for me to do it:

* Your writing is terrible. I can hardly read it. (= it is almost impossible for me to read it)

* My leg was hurting me. I could hardly walk. Hardly ever = almost never

* I'm nearly always at home in the evenings. I hardly ever go out.



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