Adverbs versus adjectives


Adverbs describe a verb, an adjective or another adverb.
They tell us how something happens or how someone does something.


Often we change an adjective to an adverb by putting an –ly on the end:

However, some adjectives change completely when they become an adverb:
good – well – It was a good meeting (adjective). It went well (adverb).

When do I use an adjective or an adverb?

  • Use an adjective to describe something or someone
    John is very quiet
  • Use an adverb to describe how something happens
    He speaks quietly
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