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Adverbs Practice Exercises for English Grammar

By — McGraw-Hill Professional
Updated on Aug 12, 2011

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Adverbs for English Grammar

  1. In the following sentences, classify the italicized words ending in -ly as adjectives or adverbs as shown in these examples:
      The lively melody was typical of Schubert.   __adjective__
      A friendly gesture is always welcome.   __adjective__
      He regarded the world hostilely.   __adverb__
      She closed her program fittingly by singing the national anthem.   __adverb__
  1. Disorderly conduct is a vague charge that covers many types of actions.   _____
  2. The manager closed his first year successfully.   _____
  3. They went along unwillingly to school.   _____
  4. He was slightly upset by the incident.   _____
  5. Most mothers look lovingly at their new infants.   _____
  6. A lovely dessert is a fitting end to a good meal.   _____
  7. My sister inferred correctly that she was no longer wanted.   _____
  8. He looked about him calmly and proclaimed his innocence.   _____
  9. To everyone's surprise, the expert copy editor made a costly error.   _____
  10. He will assuredly find something to praise in my work.   _____
  11. The cat will find its food eventually.   _____
  12. Homely virtues are disappearing from city life.   _____
  13. He added parenthetically that he was pleased with the overall outcome.   _____
  14. The decline in quality was considerably greater than we would have liked.   _____
  15. One could question whether the statement was favorably received.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, underline all adverbs and identify their functions—manner, degree, time, place, cause or purpose, assertion—as shown in these examples:
      I cannot forgive you completely.   __degree__
      Lately I have had many colds.   __time__
      She certainly is our best speaker.   __assertion__
  1. Teachers sometimes make mistakes in scoring quizzes.   _____
  2. I may possibly join the two of you.   _____
  3. He almost lost his temper.   _____
  4. He fell awkwardly to the kitchen floor and fainted.   _____
  5. Men never make passes at girls who wear glasses.   _____
  6. He lived frugally during bad times.   _____
  7. Finally our train arrived, two hours behind schedule.   _____
  8. Have you ever gone there?   _____
  9. He has been paid less than I from his first day on the job.   _____
  10. The bus you must take leaves soon.   _____
  11. Yes, I will go to sleep.   _____
  12. You will undoubtedly be reprimanded.   _____
  13. I am guardedly optimistic.   _____
  14. You must move quickly if you are to succeed.   _____
  15. Go west, young man.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, identify the italicized modifiers as adjectives or adverbs as shown in these examples:
      She was a bad writer.   __adjective__
      He will doubtless be fired.   __ adverb__
  1. Drive slow if you want to enjoy your vacation trip.   _____
  2. He was much better at bridge than I was.   _____
  3. Even a small amount of that chemical will hurt you.   _____
  4. He was an even-tempered man.   _____
  5. We went to see her late in the afternoon after the baby had been born.   _____
  6. She was fair and well groomed.   _____
  7. You can easily learn to swim well when you have a good instructor.   _____
  8. Are you sure you are well?   _____
  9. Are there enough knives and forks to set the table for dinner?   _____
  10. She slept enough for two.   _____
  11. I hope you have better luck in Las Vegas next time.   _____
  12. I was better rested that afternoon.   _____
  13. He was a smooth talker.   _____
  14. The table top ultimately was as smooth as I could make it.   _____
  15. Try harder and you will have all the success you wish.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, supply the proper comparative or superlative form of the adverb enclosed in parentheses as shown in these examples:
      Of all the boys, Corky stayed under water (long).   __longest__
      She felt the loss (keenly) than her sister, because she was closer to the child.   __more keenly__
  1. Jon slept (comfortably) than she, because he had worked hard all day.   _____
  2. The bird life in the tropics affected him (deep) than the wildlife in Vermont.   _____
  3. She certainly treated her sisters (lovingly) than they treated her.   _____
  4. Rembrandt painted (vividly) than Delacroix.   _____
  5. Of all the Impressionists, Renoir painted (colorfully).   _____
  6. Dorothy took (long) to dress than she or her husband expected.   _____
  7. Your poodle eats (hungrily) than any other dog I ever have seen.   _____
  8. The women's sixty-yard dash was the (hotly) contested race of the entire afternoon.   _____
  9. The school bus is the (heavily) overloaded of all the buses on this route.   _____
  10. Some say the role is so passionately portrayed that the play will be the (heavily) patronized offering of the season.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, underline the nouns and phrases used as adverbs as shown in the following examples:
      Have you ever seen New York the New York way?
      He decided not to go to the beach.
  1. All the children had been warned not to walk beyond the last house on their street.
  2. Coleridge wrote mornings.
  3. Coleridge wrote in the morning.
  4. In the cool evenings, they usually walked after dinner.
  5. Vermeer continued to paint in the Flemish manner.
  6. They paid seventy dollars at the box office.
  7. Sundays they always watched football games on television.
  8. They waited ten minutes and then launched their attack.
  9. That house costs five hundred thousand dollars.
  10. She weighed twenty pounds more than her younger sister.
  1. In the following sentences, underscore the adverbial clauses and indicate their functions and what they modify, as shown in these examples:
      She received preferential treatment though her grades were poor.
      We have been attending classes since the term began.
  1. The air was so fetid that I could no longer remain in the room.
  2. Had I paid adequate attention in class, I surely would have done better on the final examination.
  3. As always, Felix behaved as if he did not care at all about my feelings.
  4. Faulkner is still considered a more profound novelist than most of his contemporaries.
  5. Cindy was allowed to stay out late provided that she signed the dormitory register upon leaving.
  6. You will soon find a gas station wherever you drive in New Jersey.
  7. I had to register for the draft because I had reached the age of eighteen.
  8. The student would not submit even though the plagiarism committee questioned him all day.
  9. Before you gather up your books, be certain your notes are complete.
  10. Since a quorum is not present, votes will not be taken.
  11. Although he tried every trick he knew, he could not manage to put the side out.
  12. If no one shows up for the picnic, I will give the food to the poor.
  13. I lost the heel of my right shoe as I was crossing the street.
  14. I never again had as good a record as I had in my first term.
  15. Had I remembered what the instructor told me, I would have finished the final examination with time to spare.
  16. Under the stress of a dog show, puppies do not behave as their masters have taught them.
  17. Because there was nothing left to do but surrender, the troops laid down their arms.
  18. I am permitted to leave my station whenever I can find a replacement.
  19. Open admissions is a splendid policy if colleges maintain their academic standards.
  20. I have been in this room only once since it was painted.
  21. She pleaded almost inaudibly as if she was thoroughly exhausted.
  22. Since there are only four of us, why not play bridge instead of poker?
  23. Although nothing appeared to be wrong with the car, it would not start.
  24. Wherever I go in New York, I meet old friends.
  25. While I was having my lunch, a friend dropped by my table.
  1. Punctuate the following sentences as shown in these examples:
      The United States celebrated its bicentennial in 1976; meanwhile, many cities and towns celebrated their tricentennials.
      The experience gained in that war should have proved conclusively that colonial wars always end in disaster; many nations, nevertheless, pursue policies that lead to war far from their shores.
  1. I insist on going to the baseball game I insist moreover that you go with me.
  2. The organization treasury is completely empty it will nevertheless continue to attempt to raise funds so that it can pay its debts.
  3. The final date for submittal of proposals has not yet passed we will therefore receive all properly executed offers until that date arrives.
  4. Complete agreement between the two contestants is not likely however we can always hope that both parties will somehow see that their interests lie in mutual trust.
  5. The patient shows no signs of recovering despite all the medical treatment he has been given thus there is nothing to do but hope that careful nursing and the processes of nature will see him through.
  1. Underscore the intensifiers in the following sentences and indicate whether they should be kept or deleted, as shown in these examples:
      I had such trouble finding my way.   __delete__
      He is the least likely candidate for that office.   __keep__
  1. Her teachers found her to be an extremely capable student.   _____
  2. He found himself suffering much the same poverty he had known before entering graduate school.   _____
  3. This color scheme is too violent for my taste.   _____
  4. I am somewhat embarrassed by all the attention I have been getting.   _____
  5. The crowd was tremendously fascinated by the fine addresses delivered that day.   _____
  6. I am extremely eager to continue until the year 2010.   _____
  7. This car is quite new in design, but it still makes bad mileage.   _____
  8. I am very sorry our beloved professor has died.   _____
  9. I was quite disappointed in my grades.   _____
  10. You are too beautiful for words.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, underscore the infinitives and infinitive phrases used as adverbs, and identify the elements they modify as shown in these examples:
      The Yugoslavian diplomat felt confident enough to return home.   __enough__
      They sold to realize a profit.   __sold__
  1. Jerry tends to become violent when he is frustrated.   _____
  2. The storm seems to cover several Southern states.   _____
  3. Resolutions were introduced to repeal the abortion laws.   _____
  4. He bats left-handed to utilize his great speed.   _____
  5. She didn't dare mock anyone; she was too gentle a person.   _____
  6. They intend to travel to Scotland again this summer.   _____
  7. Dogs are inclined to drink a great deal of water.   _____
  8. The landlord tried to evict his objectionable tenant.   _____
  9. Librarians are eager to stock their shelves with worthwhile books.   _____
  10. Most adolescents love to travel on their own.   _____
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