Adjectives and adverbs are descriptive words that bring your writing to life.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun or a pronoun. It often answers questions such as which one, what kind, or how many?
- The green sweater belongs to Iris. (The adjective green describes the noun sweater.)
- She looks beautiful. (The adjective beautiful describes the pronoun she.)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. Adverbs frequently end in -ly. They answer questions such as how, to what extent, why, when, and where.
- Francois sings horribly. (Horribly describes the verb sings. How does Francois sing? He sing horribly.)
- My sociology instructor is extremely wise. (Extremely describes the adjective wise. How wise is the instructor? Extremely wise.)
- He threw the ball very accurately. (Very describes the adverb accurately. How accurately did he throw the ball? Very accurately.)
- Adjectives describe a noun or a pronoun.
- Adverbs describe a verb, adjective, or another adverb.
- Most adverbs are formed by adding -ly to an adjective.
- Comparative adjectives and adverbs compare two persons or things.
- Superlative adjectives or adverbs compare more than two persons or things.
- The adjectives good and bad and the adverbs well and badly are unique in their comparative and superlative forms and require special attention.